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Jul 09, 2009 at 12:11pm IST

1 dead, 5 injured in Amarnath chopper crash

Srinagar: A helicopter crashed near the Amarnath cave shrine on Thursday morning killing one woman pilgrim on the spot and wounding five occupants, police said.

The helicopter took off from north Kashmir's Baltal base camp early Thursday morning, but crashed nearly 500 metres short of the helipad near the cave shrine, killing one woman on the ground and wounding all the five occupants including the captain, a senior police officer said.

The injured were being evacuated for treatment, he said.

AMARNATH PILGRIMAGE: The annual pilgrimage to the cave began last month and is in full swing.

A daily helicopter service to ferry the pilgrims to the cave shrine and back is being operated by the 'Himalayan Heli Services' from Baltal.

The annual pilgrimage to the cave, which began last month, is in full swing with over 8,000 pilgrims visiting the shrine everyday.