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    Helicopter Crash in Nepal Kills 7 People Including Culture Minister - Reports

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    A helicopter carrying a Nepal minister crashed in the country's east, The Himalayan Times reported. Seven people, including the minister, were killed, The Himalayan Times reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed Air Dynasty official.

    The helicopter crashed right after taking off, at around 1:30 p.m. local time (07:45 GMT), The Himalayan Times newspaper specified. All the people on board were killed. Deputy director general of the country's civil aviation authority and an under-secretary at the prime minister's office were among those travelling with the culture minister.

    Two helicopters have been sent to the site of the incident. Bad weather hinders the recovery of the bodies, according to the media.

    Nepalese authorities have summoned an emergency cabinet meeting.

    Earlier in the day, The Himalayan Times reported that a helicopter carrying Nepal Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari disappeared from radars while flying over the east part of the country. 

    As locals in the area told the media outlet, they heard the sound of an explosion and saw clouds of smoke coming from what they think might be the site of the crash.

    The media outlet specified that the minister was travelling to a temple in the Taplejung district and was set to then travel to neighbouring Panchthar district to inspect a new airport.

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