Helicopter carrying Hindu pilgrims crashes in India, killing seven

Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India, May 2022. (Screenshot by Google Maps/The Epoch Times)

LUCKNOW, India—A helicopter carrying Hindu pilgrims from a popular temple in the Indian Himalayas crashed Tuesday in foggy weather, killing all six passengers and a pilot.

Uttarakhand Aviation Authority chief C. Ravishankar said the helicopter caught fire after hitting the ground and broke into pieces. He said poor visibility in the fog was believed to be the cause of the crash and an investigation was ordered.

Authorities said the helicopter was operated by a private company that shuttles pilgrims to and from a shrine in the mountains.

The Kedarnath Temple of the Hindu God Shiva is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet), it is open to devotees only during the summer months from April to his November.

Biswajeet Banerjee

Associated Press