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JAMMU (Web Desk) – Seven persons, including a woman pilot, were killed on Monday when a helicopter carrying pilgrims to a Hindu temple crashed near Katra in Jammu and Kashmir.


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The helicopter – that belonged to privately-run Himalayan Heli Services – caught fire soon after take-off, Times of India reported.

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The chopper, which was returning from Sanjichat to Katra, had crashed ostensibly due to the fog, sources said. Several flights had been unable to land at the Jammu airport this morning due to the foggy weather.

The pilot, Sumita Vijayan, was the chief pilot of the company.

Thousands visit Vaishno Devi, one of the major pilgrim centres of India, every day.