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1 dead, 2 hurt as Nepal Army cargo plane crash lands in Bajura

May 30 2017 | 09:04 pm

Kathmandu: A pilot died and two crew members were injured after a cargo plane of Nepal Army (NA) crashed near Bajura district during a crash-landing, local authority confirmed.

The plane was carrying rice for remote Humla district in Mid-Western Nepal when it crashed at Kolti Airport.

Devendra Lamichhane, chief district officer of Bajura confirmed on Tuesday that the captain died during the rescue process while other two crew members were rescued injured.

“After providing first aid to them at the Primary Health Center in the district, they were airlifted to Kohalpur Hospital in Nepalgunj, a south western city of Nepal,” he said.

It is the second air crash in the past three days in Nepal. On Saturday, a cargo plane of Goma Air crashed at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla near Mount Everest in Solukhumbu district, killing two people.

According to Lamichhane, the army’s plane-NA048 was heading towards neighboring Humla district. Due to bad weather in Humla, the plane was diverted to Kolti airport for landing.

“The plane landed at the airport in high speed at 12:15 p.m. (local time) and slipped nearly 300 meter away from the airport at the rice field taking a U-turn,” said Lamichhane.

The NA has also confirmed the accident. Brigadier General Jhankar Bahadur Kadayat, spokesperson of NA confirmed the accident saying that the cargo plane named “Sky Truk” crashed when it was crash-landing. The reason of the crash has not been ascertained, according to the NA.

Panipokhari

Kathmandu, Nepal

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