Four people were injured on Tuesday after Indian Air Force's (IAF) Mi-17 helicopter caught fire after colliding with an iron girder while landing near Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand, news agency ANI reported. However, no loss of life has been reported yet.
As per reports, the incident happened when the pilot attempted to land the helicopter at the helipad. The helicopter was reportedly carrying equipment for the Army.
There were eight people -- six passengers, pilot and co-pilot -- onboard but all are safe with minor injuries, an official said.
#UPDATE Four people including the pilot suffered minor injuries after Indian Air Force's MI-17 helicopter caught fire following collision with an iron girder while landing at helipad near Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. (The helicopter is not of the Army as mentioned earlier) pic.twitter.com/l59bFVV4eP— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2018
In October last year, another Mi-17 helicopter had crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh killing five Indian Air Force crew members and two Indian Army personnel.
On June 10, 2017, a chopper belonging to a Mumbai-based private aviation company crashed in Badrinath while taking off, killing an engineer onboard.