IAF helicopter carrying relief material crashes in Uttarkashi; all three on board dead

An Indian Air Force helicopter, carrying relief material to flood affected areas of Uttarakhand crashed in Uttarkashi on Wednesday, killing all the three people on-board the helicopter.

“All the three persons, Captain Lal, Co-pilot Shailesh & a local person Rajpal, who were on-board the helicopter, have died in the crash. A team of 10 members has been sent to the site of the crash.”, informed State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) PRO.

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The helicopter was going from Mori to Moldi, in Uttarkashi district carrying relief material for the flood- affected areas of Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat announced a compensation of Rs 15 lakh for the next of kin of the persons who have lost their lives in the helicopter crash.

The cause of crash is yet to be ascertained.

It may be noted that two IAF helicopters were deployed by government on Wednesday morning for carrying flood relief material for the people in the flood-ravaged Arakot village of the Mori block of the district.

A cloudburst had hit Mori Tehsil in Uttarkashi district on Sunday in which 20 people went missing, prompting the state government to dispatch teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to carry out rescue and evacuation operations.

(With ANI inputs)

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