Missing ultralight found after 13 months near Machhapuchhre

POKHARA: The wreckage of an ultralight aircraft missing in October last year has been found near the Mount Machhapuchhre in Kaski district of western Nepal on Sunday.

Mortal remains of two foreigners who were aboard the aircraft have also been recovered by a rescue team.

The 9N-ALI aircraft had gone missing with Russian pilot Valerie Putin (50) and South African woman Elizabeth Well (40) aboard, in the Sarankot sky near Pokhara on October 8 last year.

Chief of the Pokhara Airport, Bhola Prasad Guragain, confirmed that the mortal remains and the wreckage were found in a gorge at an altitude of 11,951 feet this morning.

Police said the exact coordinates of the location were 28º31 North and 84º00 East.

Kaski District Police Office spokesperson DSP Gajusiddhi Bajracharya said a rescue team including aviation officials and personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force had been deployed to bring the findings to Pokhara for further investigation.