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  • Nepalese Army members carry the body of one of the victims of the helicopter crash, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Nepalese Army members carry the body of one of the victims of the helicopter crash, in Kathmandu, Nepal. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 February 2019

Recovery efforts for the bodies have already taken place and officials are in the process of returning the remains to Kathmandu. 

A helicopter crash in the eastern region of Nepal has claimed the life of the country's minister of tourism and six other passengers, police officials reported. 

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The helicopter ride was intended for those aboard to conduct a feasibility report, but the vehicle hurled towards the mountain district of Taplejung and killed everyone aboard, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. 

The intention of the trip was inaccurately reported earlier when an official said Adhikari was visiting the region to endorse a paragliding project. 

Recovery efforts for the bodies have already taken place and officials are in the process of returning the remains to Kathmandu. 

Adhikari has held the tourism minister position for a year after three terms in the Nepalese Parliament. The late minister was an advocate for the development of Nepal's remote airports and infrastructure. 

Also aboard the Air Dynasty helicopter were aviation and hospitality entrepreneur, Ang Tshiring Sherpa; Adhikari's bodyguard, Arjun Ghimire; senior Civil Aviation Authority officials Birenda Shrestha and Dhruba Bhocchibhoya; the prime minister's personal aide, Yuvaraj Dahal; and pilot, Pravakar K C.

In 2013, all Nepal-based airlines were prohibited from operating in the European Union airspace due to their poor flight safety record. 

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