Mumbai man dies in Kedarnath after chopper operator refuses to fly

Updated: Jun 19, 2019, 10:52 IST | mid-day online desk

The police personnel requested the helicopter companies to carry the ill person to a hospital but they refused

Mumbai man dies in Kedarnath after chopper operator refuses to fly
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A 52-year-old tourist from Mumbai lost his life in Kedarnath due to lack of oxygen and inappropriate conduct of helicopter renting companies on Tuesday.

The tourist who hailed from Mumbai suffered from bad health due to which the doctors advised him to be taken immediately to a hospital in the city.

Also read: Seven firms to provide helicopter services for Kedarnath pilgrims

The police personnel requested the helicopter companies to carry the ill person to a hospital but they refused. It is not clear why the chopper operators refused to fly. However, the police personnel and the operators took to a brawl and this led to the operators halting all helicopter services. 

More than half an hour passed in this which led to the death of the tourist and an altercation also broke out between the police personnel and officials of the helicopter renting companies. 

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The company stopped all flight services due to which other tourists who had booked their services also faced difficulties.

Later, flight services were resumed after the administration interfered in the matter but any action on the attitude of the companies is yet to be taken.

Also read: PM offers prayers at Kedarnath, to visit Badrinath on Sunday

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