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The Late Royal Family: The Former Royal Family - Royal tragedy July 2001
Nepal: The Royal Tragedy 2001
Princess Preksha killed in air crash
Princess Preksha killed in air crash Kathmandu, November 12, 2001

A helicopter carrying six people including a member of the Nepalese royal family has crashed near the Rara lake Monday morning shortly after take-off in north-western Nepal.

Princess Prekshya, who is the younger sister of Nepal's Queen Komal, died in the accident. Two unmarried daughters of the Princess, Sheetasma and Dilasha, who accompanied their mother to far west Nepal returned to the capital. The authorities say that rescue helicopters have reached the crash site near Lake Rara some 550 km (340 miles) from Kathmandu.

The cause of the crash was not known. The 180-metre (590-foot) deep lake, situated at 3,062 metres (10,044 feet) altitude with a 13-kilometre (eight-mile) radius, is Nepal's largest.

The body of Princess Prekshya was flown to the Kathmandu for cremation at the Pashupatinath Aryaghat. The helicopter in which she was traveling crashed . She will be cremated with full state honours. The funeral procession will started at Tribhuvan International Airport airport. Police and gun toting soldiers lined the deserted street from the airport to Pashupati. Flags will be flown at half staff over government buildings and Royal Nepali embassies abroad .

Princess Prekshya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah, 49, married Dhirendra Shah, younger brother of King Gyanendra, in 1973.

She has three daughters, Princess's Pooja, Sheetasma and Dilasha. She is the sister of Queen Komal. She had her early education at St Mary's Convent and Darjeeling and had an I.A. degree from Tribhuvan University; Madhyama in sitar playing from Kalanidhi Music College. She accompanied then Prince Dhirendra on the coronation of Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Dhirendra Shah died in the June 1 Narayanhiti royal palace shoot-out.

Princess Prekshya was the ex-wife of late Prince Dhirendra, the younger brother of King Gyanendra.
More than five months ago on June 1, 14 members of The Former Royal Family were killed or injured in a royal palace shoot-out started by Crown Prince Dipendra. King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya died in the shooting spree. Princess Prekshya was not present at the evening party shoot-out. Princess Preksha's husband died in the palace massacre

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