2019 Taplejung helicopter crash

2019 Taplejung helicopter crash (Nepali: २०७५ ताप्लेजुङ हेलिकप्टर दुर्घटना)
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A Eurocopter AS350, similar to the one involved in the accident
Accident
DateFebruary 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
SummaryCrashed shortly after take-off; under investigation
SiteTaplejung, Nepal
Aircraft
Aircraft typeEurocopter AS350 B3e
OperatorAir Dynasty
Registration9N-AMI
Flight originPathibhara Devi Temple
DestinationChuhandanda, Nepal
Occupants7
Passengers6
Crew1
Fatalities7
Survivors0
Map of Taplejung District
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 on a domestic flight from Pathibhara Devi Temple in Taplejung to Chuhandanda in Tehrathum, Nepal.[1] The aircraft crashed at approximately 1.30 p.m. (NPT) due to bad weather in Taplejung. All seven people on board died in the crash, including Nepal's Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari.[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] After inspecting the airport, the fellow passengers and crew went to see one of the most significant temples in Nepal, Pathibhara Devi Temple by helicopter.[4] After visiting the temple Adhikari and other passengers were returning to Chuhandanda in Tehrathum.[5]