Pilots killed in Makalu air crash
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, May 17
The pilot and co-pilot flying a cargo airplane of Makalu Airline crashed in Humla district, killing both of them Wednesday morning.
The single-engine Makalu Airline craft having call sign 9N-AUJ that had lost contact at 6:45 am this morning was spotted in a crashed condition at Kharpunath Rural Municipality-2 of Humla district.
The plane was flown by Captain Kiran Bhattarai and co-pilot Aditya Nepali.
The plane took off from Surkhet at 6:12 am today, carrying 1,170 kilogrammes of cargo to Simikot of Humla. However, the plane lost contact and crashed at the east-western part of Dhulachaur of Bajura.
A search helicopter had spotted the plane in damaged condition, according to police. The body of the two pilots were brought to Kathmandu at the TU Teaching Hospital at around 3 pm for an autopsy. The bodies were airlifted to the capital in a Simrik Air helicopter.
Co-pilot Adtiyanath Nepali was the son of owner of Makalu Airlines Fijunath Nepali. Adityanath was also the managing director of the airlines. Their bodies were first airlifted to Surkhet from the crash site on a Mountain Air helicopter.
According to Karnali Province DIG Suresh Shah, the locals had informed about the crash site to the police. After the information, we deployed one assistant sub-inspector, a representative of the Civil Aviation Authority and a two-member medical team, he said.
Meanwhile, RSS reports from Surkhet: Chief Minister of Karnali Province, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, has expressed sorrow over the crash of a cargo aircraft of Makalu Air resulting in human casualty.
The cargo aircraft of Makalu air flying to Humla from Surkhet met with an accident this morning, killing only the two crew members on board.
Extending heartfelt tributes to pilot Kiran Bhattarai and co-pilot Aditya Nepali, who died in the crash, Chief Minister Shahi extended deep condolences towards the bereaved family, said CM Shahi’s Press Advisor Dhurba Bikram Budhathoki.
He expressed concern over increasing accidents air crash, saying air transport was a necessity in Karnali province due to geographical difficulties.
The Chief Minister expressed commitment that initiative would be taken by carrying out necessary coordination with federal government and bodies concerned for air safety.