President, Prime Minister offer tributes to chopper crash victims
Mar 1, 2019-
President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli offered tributes to the seven victims of Wednesday’s helicopter crash, including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari.
The bodies of Air Dynasty helicopter crash victims have been kept at open theatre in Tundikhel since Friday morning for tributes. The bodies were taken to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, for post-mortem and identification, after they were airlifted from Taplejung on Thursday.
Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun and House Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, other ministers and senior government officials, and general public paid their last respects to all those killed in the helicopter accident.
The Air Dynasty helicopter crashed at Sisne Bhir in Taplejung on Wednesday while returning to Kathmandu from Pathibhara.
Along with Adhikari, Prominent tourism entrepreneur Ang Tshiring Sherpa, managing director of Yeti Airlines; Birendra Prasad Shrestha, deputy director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN); Dhurba Bhochhibhoya, deputy director of CAAN; Yubaraj Dahal, a personal aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, and Arjun Kumar Ghimire, a Nepal Army official, died in the crash.
Ram Sharan Basnet, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Development of Gandaki Province, said that Adhikari’s body will be kept at Exhibition Centre in Pokhara, his hometown, after it is airlifted from Kathmandu this afternoon.
According to Basnet, Adhikari will be cremated at Ramghat with state honour. Adhikari was elected the member of House of Representatives from Kaski Constituency-2.
Published: 01-03-2019 13:00