New Delhi: A small cargo plane crashed in Nepal on Wednesday, killing both pilots onboard the aircraft.
Deputy Director General at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Rajan Pokharel said that the Makalu Air cargo aircraft crashed at Simikot Pass in Bahun Kharka, Humla.
Pilots Kiran Bhattarai and co-pilot Aditya Nepali were killed when the Makalu Air cargo aircraft crashed at Simikot pass in Bahun Kharka in Humla district, police said.
The bodies of the two pilots have been brought to Kathmandu. There were no other passengers in the ill-fated aircraft, police said.
Plane was used mostly for flying food supplies
The flight had taken off from Surkhet Airport at 6.12 am on Wednesday morning and was scheduled to land at 6.55 am in Simikot.
The freight transporter aircraft was discovered wrecked and fragmented into three parts in Ekalbajkharka at around 11:00 am. The plane was mostly used for flying food and other supplies in the mountainous region.
The single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was operated by Makalu Air that provides chartered passenger and cargo services.
Makalu Air has three single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft to its fleet. Based in Nepalgunj, Makalu Air provides chartered passenger and cargo services, it said.