Helicopter crash kills 4

Sirohi District Collector Shriram Meena said the chopper crashed in the hills of village Fatehpura near Abu Road, about 200 km from here, at about 3.30 pm.

The aircraft had taken off from Gandhinagar (Gujarat) at 2.20 pm and was to land here at 4.20 pm, he said. “Four persons, including the pilot, died in the crash. The bodies which have been found by the district administration are charred beyond recognition,” said Meena. He said fire brigade personnel, who had been rushed to the crash site, had found the chopper completely burnt and the bodies lying scattered around the debris.

BSF spokesman Tirtho Acharya said a team of the border force has been dispatched from Jodhpur to the place where the helicopter went down. Four Army personnel were killed on April 22 in a Dhruv helicopter crash in north Sikkim near the Sino-India border. The mishap comes close to Pawan Hans copter crashes in Guwahati claiming 17 lives and in Arunachal Pradesh leading to Chief Minister and four others’ death.

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