The official public event to pay final tributes to the seven people, including Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Nath Adhikari, who died in the helicopter crash on Wednesday in Taplejung, is to be held at Tundikhel on Friday morning.
(Seven persons including culture, tourism and civil aviation minister who died in a helicopter crash Wednesday morning were brought to T.U. Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu for post mortem.)
The event was scheduled to be held today but was postponed for tomorrow after post-mortem of the bodies took more time than expected at the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, according to Communist Party of Nepal Office Secretary Krishna Gopal Shrestha. The charred bodies were brought to the capital from Taplejung earlier today.
The bodies of all the seven persons will be kept at Tundikhel from 8 to 11 in the morning, while the President, the Vice-president, the Prime Minister and other members of the cabinet and distinguished personalities are also expected to reach Tundikhel to pay their final tributes. Following the event, the bodies will be handed over to the respective families.
Seven persons including Minister Adhikari were killed in the helicopter crash that took place as they were returning from Pathibara, Taplejung to Kathmandu. The accident that took place at Darebhir of Taplejung also killed Yeti Airlines Managing Director Ang Tshering Sherpa Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Birendra Prasad Shrestha and Director Dhruva Bhochibhoya, Under-secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister Yubaraj Dahal, Minister Adhikari’s personal security officer Arjun Kumar Ghimire and the helicopter pilot Prabhakar KC.
Three of the five people, who died after a passenger bus heading towards Kathmandu from Kakarvitta of Jhapa met with an accident and fell into the Trishuli river this morning, have been identified. Of them four died on the spot while one died on the way to hospital, police said.