Pilgrims safe, 2 injured including pilot in helicopter crash-landing at Katra in Jammu

Jammu, December 30 (Scoop News) –All pilgrims on board crash-landed at Katra near Jammu on Sunday are safe said a Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board official sources.

Two injured including pilot were referred to Medical College Jammu for treatment.
Official sources said the pilot detected the technical fault in the engine and made a "precautionary landing" at Katra in Jammu as its surrounding areas are covered with thick fog since Saturday night.

The helicopter was flying the pilgrims back to Katra from Vaishno Devi.

 Meanwhile in Saturday evening the enquiry was ordered by government  in Helicopter emergency landing near Katra today morning.
As directed by the Governor, CEO has written to the Director General Civil Aviation to take immediate cognizance of the incident of Helicopter emergency landing near Katra and commence time bound inquiry ,officials said in a statement. A two-member DGCA Inquiry Team is reaching Katra tomorrow to commence proceedings.


         They said that N. N. Vohra, Governor, has directed the CEO to ensure best medical treatment and all required assistance to the passengers and their families at the Shrine Board’s expense.             


 According to officials that A Pawan Hans Helicopter, carrying six passengers from Katra to Sanjichhat, was involved in an emergency landing at Siar Dabri, near Katra. Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, directed Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of the Board to immediately proceed to the accident site and supervise the rescue, relief and other required measures.


          The incident took place around 12.10 p.m. today and the Shrine Board officials, a medical team, ambulances of the Shrine Board and the State Health Department, and Katra Police immediately rushed to the accident site.


          Providing details, the CEO said that three passengers, including the Pilot of the affected Helicopter, were brought to the Katra Hospital by a rescue Helicopter and the other four passengers were brought to the Katra by ambulances. Hospital


After being administered urgent medical treatment all the four passengers were referred to the Government Medical College, Jammu, for further examination and treatment. The CEO had arranged their evacuation to Jammu by Helicopter but this could not materialize for want of IAF clearance due to the weather pattern over the Nandni hills. Consequently all injured passengers were brought to Government Medical College, Jammu, in Critical Care Ambulances and have been declared out of danger.

The Pilot was evacuated from Katra to the Command, Udhampur, for the required treatment. Hospital