Published On: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015

7 dead after chopper crashes in Katra

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Six Pilgrims along with the pilot were killed on Monday when a helicopter carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims crashed near Katra in Jammu region, police said.

As per reports, the pilgrims were on their way to Sanji Chhat. The chopper of a private airliner, which was carrying pilgrims from Sanjichat helipad in Trikuta hills, crashed at new bus stand area in Katra, IGP Jammu, Danish Rana told PTI.
According to unconfirmed reports, the chopper caught fire mid-air and the pilot averted the crash in a populated area in Katra.

Meanwhile, Vaishno Devi Shrine board has announced to give ex-gratia of 3 lakh to each family of the crash victims.

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