A Fishtail Air helicopter on a rescue mission crashed in upper Dolpa on Friday afternoon.
According to a news report by Annapurna Post, the tail rotor of the Eurocopter AS350 B2 (registration number 9N-AKA) struck the surface and caused the incident.
The pilot and a support staff, who sustained minor injuries, were airlifted by a Simrik Air helicopter to Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpa district, the report, adds.
This is not the first time this craft has been involved in a tail rotor-related crash. According to a report on The Himalayan Times dated March 24, 2014, this same helicopter’s tail rotor struck the surface while trying to land in Dhorpatan of Baglung district. The report says the six people on board were unhurt.
On August 3 this year, Last Resort employee Ram Hari Rimal died after being struck by the rotor blade of a Fishtail Air helicopter which was airlifting victims of the Jure/Sunkoshi landslide and flooding. It is not known whether this was the same 9N-AKA or a different Fishtail Air craft.