2019 Taplejung helicopter crash

2019 Taplejung helicopter crash (Nepali: २०७५ ताप्लेजुङ हेलिकप्टर दुर्घटना)
2019 Taplejung helicopter crash
Taplejung District
Accident
DateFebruary 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
SiteTaplejung, Nepal
Total fatalities7
Aircraft
Aircraft typeEurocopter AS350 B3e
OperatorAir Dynasty
Registration9N-AMI
Last stopoverPathibhara Devi Temple
DestinationChuhandanda, Nepal
Occupants7
Passengers6
Crew1
Fatalities7
Survivors0
Rabindra Prasad Adhikari died in the crash.

On February 27, 2019, Air Dynasty's Eurocopter AS350 B3e carrying six passengers and one pilot was scheduled to travel from Pathibhara Devi Temple in Taplejung to Chuhandanda in Tehrathum.[1] A crash happened at approximately 1.30 p.m. (NPT) due to bad weather in Taplejung. The crash led to the death of the seven people on board, including that of Nepalese Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Prasad Adhikari and Managing Director of Yeti and Tara Airlines Ang Tshiring Sherpa.[2]

Background

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal Rabindra Prasad Adhikari came to Taplejung to inspect the under-construction airport at Chuhandanda.[3] Ang Tshering Sherpa, managing director of Yeti Airlines, also went with Adhikari to inspect the airport. After inspecting the airport fellow passengers and crew went to see the most significant temple in Nepal, Pathibhara Devi Temple.[4] After visiting the temple Adhikari and other passengers were returning to Chuhandanda in Tehrathum.[5]