An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash-landed in Kedarnath, Uttrakhand on Tuesday, police said. In this incident, the helicopter pilot has received minor injuries in the foot, while the other five have received minor injuries. The helicopter was carrying eight people - six passengers, the co-pilot and the pilot.
The helicopter was carrying construction material, IAF personnel and laborers from Guptkashi to Kedarnath for ongoing work at Kedarpuri. ANI reported that the helicopter caught fire following the collision with the iron girder while trying to land at a helipad.
The fire was brought under control, though smoke continued to billow for some time from the engine compartment of the helicopter that came to rest on its side after the crash-landing. The Mi-17 V5 helicopter had been on an air maintenance mission when it crashed in Tawang on October 6, killing 5 Indian Air Force personnel and 2 Army men. The crash was attributed to the disengagement of the helicopter's tail rotor. The Indian Air Force has ordered an inquiry into the crash. According to preliminary reports, it hit an iron girder while landing.