A Eurocopter AS350, similar to the one involved in the accident
|Date||12 November 2001|
|Site||Rara Lake, Nepal|
|Aircraft type||Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil|
|Flight origin||Gamgadhi Army Base, Nepal|
On 12 November 2001, a chartered Fishtail Air Eurocopter AS350 helicopter crashed on a flight from Gamgadhi Army Base to Surkhet in Western Nepal. The accident killed all 6 passengers and crew on board, including Princess Prekshya Shah of Nepal.
On board the helicopter was Princess Prekshya Shah of Nepal, the younger sister of Queen Aishwarya of Nepal and Queen Komal of Nepal as well as her doctor and security personnel among other acquaintances of the Princess.
The helicopter took off at 11:25 NPT on 12 November 2001 from Gamgadhi Army Base. Shortly afterwards, the helicopter plunged into Rara Lake. Two passengers were flung out of the aircraft mid air. According to the Nepali Times, the Princess asked the pilot to "circle over Rara so she could get a better view of the lake when the craft dropped down into the lake while turning".
Personnel from a near by army base took 45 minutes to reach the crash site. Rescue helicopters were deployed and the Princeliness's body was recovered from the water. At first, authorities assumed that there was only one survivor, however, two passengers could be saved and were flown into hospitals in the Nepalgunj.