Chopper with 7 people on board crashes in Nepal

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Kathmandu , Sep 8 : A domestic helicopter of Altitude Air airline with seven people on board crashed in Nepal’s mountainous region on Saturday.

Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu says rescue helicopters and and police rescuers are searching the mountains .

The chopper, en route from Samagaun of Gorkha district to Kathmandu, went out of contact with the air traffic control tower at 8.05 a.m, the Kathmandu Post reported.

There were six passengers including a Japanese tourist and five Nepalis on board, said Nima Nuru Sherpa, Managing Director at Altitude Air Pvt Ltd.

Though some local media reported about the possible crash in Dhading district, 50 km away from Kathmandu, the authorities could not confirm as the search and rescue operation was underway.

Tribhuvan International Airport General Manager Rajkumar Chhetri said that the helicopter was supposed to land in the capital at 8.18 am.

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