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Makalu Air plane crash: Pilots’ bodies brought to Kathmandu

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 16, 2018-

The bodies of two pilots, who lost their lives when a Makalu Air cargo aircraft crashed at Simikot Pass in Kharpunath Municipality of Humla on Wednesday morning, have been brought to Kathmandu.

A Simrik Air helicopter had left for Kathmandu with the bodies from Surkhet at around 1 pm, informed Simrik Air representative Kamal Gautam.

Earlier, a Mountain Air helicopter had brought the mortal remains of the pilots from the accident site.

Gautam said that the chopper is scheduled to land at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital at 2:45pm.

Photos: Anish Regmi

Makalu Air cargo aircraft Pilot Kiran Bhattarai and co-pilot Aditya Nepali had died in the crash that occurred at an altitude of 12,800 feet.

The single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan with call sign 9N-AJU had flown to Humla headquarters Simikot from Surkhet. The plane had taken off from Surkhet to Humla district headquarters Simikot. It took off from Surkhet Airport at 6:12 am Wednesday morning and was scheduled to land at 6:55 am in Simikot.

Makalu Air has three single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircrafts to its fleet. Based in Nepalgunj, Makalu Air provides chartered passenger and cargo services.

Published: 16-05-2018 15:29

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