Two persons died when a chopper crashed during rescue and relief operations near Garud Chatti in Rudraprayag district on Wednesday. This is the third crash since floods and landslides ravaged Uttarakhand last month. The Delhi-based Trans Bharat Aviation’s Bell 407 was stuck at Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district on Tuesday due to bad weather. Pilot J. S. Dhaliwal and technician Abhay Ranjan left for Guptkashi, just 12-13 minutes from Kedarnath by chopper, on Wednesday afternoon. “It crashed around 3 p.m. due to bad weather,” said Suvardhan, Commissioner, Garhwal Division. — Kavita Upadhyay