June 2, 2015 – Sindhupalchowk
A chopper carrying relief materials for the Nepal earthquake victims crashed in the Sindhupalchowk district on Tuesday afternoon, killing 4 people on the spot. The helicopter registered as 9N-AJP belonged to Mountain Helicopters Nepal.
According to a witness, the helicopter was flying low when it slammed into an electric power transmission line and burst into flames. General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, Birendra Prasad Shrestha, informed that the chopper was on its way back to Kathmandu after dropping off the supplies in Yamuna Danda VDC of Sindhupalchowk. The casualties involve 3 Nepalese and a Dutch national – 3 men and a woman.
9N-AJP was a single engine Eurocopter AS350 developed by Airbus Helicopters. It is a high altitude, high-performance chopper capable of climbing up to 29,029 ft and holds a world record for landing on the top of Mt. Everest. Mountain Helicopters Nepal has 2 more similar choppers in its fleet.
This is the third aviation incident in Nepal this past month. On May 12, a US Marines UH-1 Huey chopper had crashed in Sindhupalchowk district itself on May 12. Earlier today, a Goma Air plane had crash landed trying to land at Pokhara Airport.