Chopper crash kills 6 Vaishno Devi pilgrims, pilot near Katra

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Six pilgrims and a pilot were killed in a chopper crash, in Katra, Jammu, on Monday.

The helicopter, carrying the pilgrims, was bound for Vaishno Devi shrine. It was going to Sanjhichat from Katra.

The chopper belonged to the privately-run Himalayan Heli Services.

According to reports, bodies of the victims have been recovered. The woman pilot, Sumita Vijaya, was the chief pilot of the company.

Many of them are believed to be elderly, as Vishno Devi can be accessed only after a 12 km mountainous trek from Katra.

Millions visit Vishno Devi, one of the major pilgrim centres in north India, every year. The shrine is located in the Shivalik range of the Himalayan foothills, which is 56 km north of Jammu.

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