Nepal | May 25, 2020

Air Kasthamandap plane crash-lands in Kalikot; 2 killed

THT Online
Share Now:
Air Kasthamandap 9N- AJB

File photo: Source Air Kasthamandap

 

KATHMANDU: Two crew members died when an Air Kasthamandap plane bound to Jumla from Nepalgunj crash-landed in Chilkhaya of Kalikot of mid-western  Nepal.

The deceased have been identified as Dinesh Neupane (pilot) and Santosh Rana (co-pilot). Rana is the son of former minister, CPN-UML central leader and lawmaker Dal Bahadur Rana.

The American news agency Associated Press quoting Padam lal Lamichane, a government official, said that the aircraft appeared to have technical problem and attempted to land on a farmer’s field near the top of a mountain.

The Rastriya Samachar Samiti reported that nine passengers including a minor were injured in the incident.

Of the injured, the condition of one person is said to be critical.

They are receiving treatment at a health post in Chilkhaya.
The front part of the ill-fated plane is reported to have been damaged completely.

A chopper and a team of security personnel have been sent to the incident site for rescue operation.

Passengers

Megh Raj Giri

Jagadamba Khatri

Ganesh Bhattachan

Sonali Bhattachan

Laxmi Sunar

Govinda Prasad Bhandari

Laxman Khadka

Dhananjaya Khatri

One infant

 


PM offers condolences to victims’ kin

Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed condolences to the families of crew members killed in the incident.

The Prime Minister also wished for speedy recovery of the injured, read a statement issued by PM’s press advisor Pamod Dahal.

Prime Minister Oli also directed the concerned authorities to carry out rescue operation at the earliest and manage health treatment for the injured persons, the statement further read.


Rescue team mobilised

Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel  informed that a rescue team has already been sent to the incident site in coordination with Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bhim Rawal.

Pokharel further informed that Devananda Upadhyay, general manager of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), is preparing to send a technical team from Kathmandu to the incident site.

(UPDATED)


Jumla-bound Air Kasthamandap plane crash-lands in Kalikot; injuries reported

KATHMANDU: An Air Kasthamandap plane bound to Jumla from Nepalgunj crash-landed in Chilkhaya of Kalikot of mid-western  Nepal on Friday.

Confirming the incident, Kalikot Chief District Officer Pradeep Shrestha, told THT Online over phone from the district headquarters that the incident occurred while force landing the aircraft.

“Fatalities have not been reported yet, but we are told that most of them are injured.”

He added that the plane has not been burned down and hinted it would be still possible to rescue the passengers alive.

[googlemaps https://www.google.com.np/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=zmcSkZYaZ1Ms.k6zVWG_T4fTg&w=500&h=333]

The Kalikot District Police Office also confirmed the accident.

Fatalities are likely, but not confirmed yet, a police official told THT Online over phone from the district headquarters.

He said locals had reported the incident to police around one hour ago.

“We have sent a team to further probe,” he said, “But it takes at least five hours to reach the incident site.”

CDO Shrestha said police personnel from nearby stations have been directed to carry out the rescue operation immediately.

The small aircraft with call sign 9N-AJB had taken off from Nepalgunj at 12:30 pm today.

There were 11 persons including two crew members on board the ill-fated plane.

The incident occurred while the aircraft was trying to make an emergency landing, sources said.

The cause behind the incident is yet to be established.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, a Tara Twin-Otter plane had crashed in Myagdi district in western Nepal, killing all 23 people, including three crew members and two children, on board.

READ ALSO

 

 


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Bayern cruise past Frankfurt 5-2 to stay on title track

Bayern stay four points clear at top Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 2-0 Havertz brace sends Leverkusen past Gladbach BERLIN: Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 on Saturday, surviving a brief second-half comeback scare to stay four points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the  Read More...

Nepal's Constitution

JSP-N seeks NC support for constitution amendment

Kathmandu, May 23 Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal leaders today met Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and urged him to support their demands for constitution amendment to address the demands of marginalised communities, including the Madhesis and Janajatis, when the Parliament would amend Read More...

Oli avoids NCP secretariat meeting on MCC

Kathmandu, May 23 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli did not attend a meeting called by the Secretariat of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) today to discuss the Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement and some budgetary issues. Party Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that other leader Read More...

Grande Hospital staffer infected

KATHMANDU: The person who tested positive for coronavirus in Kathmandu on Saturday is a staffer at Grande International Hospital. He used to bring laboratory samples collected from the hospital to the National Public Health Laboratory. Contact tracing of the person will begin on Sunday,” sai Read More...

19 new cases confirmed on Sunday, nationwide COVID-19 count reaches 603

KATHMANDU: Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Population, today, taking the nationwide tally to 603. The infections were confirmed through tests carried out at Provincial Public Health Laboratory, Biratnagar, Provincial Public Health Laboratory, Bhair Read More...

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund ease past Wolfsburg 2-0 to stay in title hunt

Dortmund make it six wins in a row Hummels taken off with heel injury BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund scored a goal in each half through Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi to beat hosts VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 on Saturday for their sixth straight Bundesliga win to stay on the heels of leaders Bay Read More...

22 health workers, including 5 doctors, to be kept in isolation

Hetauda, May 23 Hetauda Hospital has decided to keep 22 health workers and staffers, including its medical superintendent, in isolation for a week after a woman referred from the hospital to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj for treatment tested positive for COVID-19. The wom Read More...

Hotels to provide rooms to quarantine healthcare workers

Kathmandu, May 23 Tourist standard hotels within the valley have reached agreement with the government to provide rooms to healthcare workers fighting on the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic. A meeting yesterday between Nepal Tourism Board and Federation of Hotel Entrepreneurs decided t Read More...