Botched cable car helicopter rescue kills 2 stranded passengers

A cable car accident in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Sunday – which left dozens of frightened passengers suspended in the air for 40 straight hours – turned deadly after two people died during the crash. helicopter rescue missions and that a third person died from injuries. inside one of the wagons, the Indian Express reported Thursday.

Around 60 people were traveling in cable cars along the Trikut Cable Car, believed to be India’s highest, in Jharkhand on April 10 when an unspecified malfunction caused the public transport system to shut down, resulting in the collision of three of the carts. At least 15 of the cable car passengers were trapped inside the affected carriages from April 10 to April 12 after the collision.

“Three people died in the accident, including two tourists who fell from helicopters on Monday [April 11] and tuesday [April 12] during rescue attempts, while 12 injured are being treated in hospitals,” local government officials told Indian media on April 12, as quoted by New Delhi Television (NDTV).

the Indian Express detailed the botched rescues by helicopter on April 13, writing: “A 60-year-old woman died while being winched to one of two IAF [Indian Air Force] helicopters on duty – the second such fatality during the rescue.

“Among the other two victims, another woman died of injuries sustained inside a cable car on Sunday while a 40-year-old man died on Monday while being transported to a helicopter,” according to the newspaper.

Two IAF helicopters carried out “28 sorties in 26 hours” in the hills of Trikut, a regional tourist destination, as part of the rescue mission. The IAF released a statement on their official Twitter page on April 12 confirming that two fatalities occurred during their rescue attempts, writing: “35 passengers from 10 cable cars were evacuated during this extremely difficult operation. The IAF deeply regrets the loss of two lives during the rescue missions.

The third victim of the accident, a woman identified as Shobha Devi, 60, died later on April 12 from injuries sustained in the cable car collision.

Jharkhand Tourism Director Rahul Sinha told Indian media on April 13 that the cable car’s wire rope “came out of its shaft” on the evening of April 10, “resulting in the blockage of 24 cable cars at mid -way”.

The manager and other employees of the Trikut Ropeway reportedly “fleed” the scene immediately after the April 10 incident, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). If true, the actions could be tied to the Indian ExpressThe April 13 revelation that the regular inspection of the Trikut cable car on March 17 warned line operators to monitor its main cable as it presented an apparent risk of malfunction.

“[A] A government-backed agency conducted a safety audit of the 1,770m-long steel cable used to carry the cable cars around three weeks ago – and reported its condition to be ‘satisfactory’,” the report reported. log.

“The audit report stated ’24 local faults/fault initiation’ and recommended that ‘close visual monitoring’ be carried out on the rope and its joints or ‘splice parts’. Importantly, however, he pointed out that the probe “does not include” the aspect of “fatigue” that may have developed over time on the traction cable, which was installed in 2014,” said the Indian Express Noted.

“The report recommended that the rope be kept clean and protected from corrosion. “Special consideration can be given…as the rope is over seven years old. If an anomaly is found, the rope can be replaced immediately,” the report states.

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