Pilot killed, 2 injured as NA cargo airplane crashes in Bajura

Published On: May 30, 2017 12:46 PM NPT By: Kalendra Sejuwal

NEPALGUNJ, May 30: Flight commander Kailash Gurung of Nepal Army died in a cargo aircraft accident that crashed near Bajura-based Kolti airport while NA Colonel Gurung was trying to land it.

The injured are Co-pilot Alita Ale Magar and a crew member Subedar Purna Khadka.

Captain Kailash Gurung of Nepal Army airplance 

The accident occurred at 12.06 pm  while NA Colonel Gurung was trying to land the ill-fated NA aircraft with the Call Sign NA48 at the Kolti airport.

"Captain Gurung has died in the crash while other crew members have been rushed to a hospital in Nepalgunj for treatment," said DSP Dal Bahadur Bogati, Bajura District Police Chief, told Republica Online . "His body has also been sent to the hospital."

The injured Magar and Khadka have been taken to Nepalgunj for treatment. 

The cargo airplane was supposed to land on the Simikot airport in Humla district. However, bad weather condition forced the pilot to fly toward Bajura as a last resort to avoid possible crash.

The airplane caught fire after the crash, Pratab Babu Tiwari, Head of Nepalgunj-based office of Nepal Civil Aviation, told Republica Online.


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