Killed As Gulmarg Gondola Crashes Due To Heavy Winds

"We resumed the ropeway for rescue of the stranded people", Riyaz Ahmad, the general manager of the Jammu and Kashmir State Cable Car Corporation, which runs Gulmarg Gondola, said.

SRINAGAR, India A pine tree fell onto a cable vehicle in a ski resort in Indian Kashmir on Sunday, sending the auto plunging to earth and killing seven people, a lot of them tourists, police said.

A tree, uprooted by strong winds, fell on the ropeway of Gulmarg Gondola, an official said.

A police official said that mishap took place due to derailment of cable from the pulley.

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Shah said among the seven dead includes four members of Andraskar family from Delhi.

The Chief Minister expressed her grief and shock over the tragic accident and ordered a thorough investigation. The services were entirely stopped and rescue operations launched to the other 15 stranded cable cars. The deceased have been identified as Mukhtar Ahmed (local guide), Jayant Andraskar (Deceased), Manshea Andraskar (Wife of the deceased) and their two daughters Janhvi and Anagha. Two others who also lost their life in the mishap are Jahangir Ahmad Khanday, also a guide, and Farooq Ahmad Chopan. The cable vehicle carries tourists in the Pirpanjal mountain range in the western Himalayas. The impact of the tree was so forceful that it snapped the cables due to which one of the cable cars came crashing to the ground hundreds of feet below.

"What bad news", he tweeted. It is the world's second highest operating cable vehicle project with a cabin capacity of ferrying 600 people in one hour. "That's a laid down SOP (standard operating procedure)", he said. The two-stage cable vehicle lift ferries people to a height of 13,780 feet above the sea level.


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