Fire-fighting mission by Simrik Air Helicopter in Pathivara Temple Area
Simrik Air Helicopter having call sign 9N-AJZ with Pilot-In-Command Capt. Surendra Paudel and the team flew to Pathivara Temple area of Taplejung district today for a fire-fighting mission, as the fire in a community forest in that area has gone out of control.
The Simrik Air helicopter with an experienced crew and well-equipped with “Bambi Bucket” – a specialized bucket suspended on a cable by a helicopter to deliver water for aerial fire-fighting moved to Pathivara area as the community forest in Pathibhara region has still not come under control.
The helicopter landed at Suketar Airport and conducted a recce flight along with few shuttles to combat against the wildfire. The team is standby at Suketar Airport to continue the fire-fighting mission tomorrow morning again.
The forest fire that started a couple of days ago in Pathivara region is spreading towards temple area and is posing a threat to the existence of famous Hindu shrine in the country along with the community forest which is home to rare rhododendron species and red panda.
Picture Courtesy: Ang Tashi Sherpa / Chhiring Dhunduk Bhote – Simrik Air Helicopter