Nepal | August 19, 2019

Russian pilot killed, Canadian woman hurt in Ultralight crash

Bharat Koirala

POKHARA: A Russian pilot died and another foreigner was critically injured after an Ultralight aircraft met with an accident soon after its takeoff at Bamdi in Chapakot VDC of Kaski district in western Nepal on Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as Alexandr Maximov (Russian passport no. 5N05695819), who worked for the Avia Club Nepal.

Ultralight pilot Alexandr Maximov. Photo: Avia Club Nepal

Ultralight pilot Alexandr Maximov. Photo: Avia Club Nepal

According to the District Police Office, Kaski, Maximov breathed his last during the course of treatment at the Gandaki Medical College.

Police said that the injured person is identified as Canadian national Jillene Marie Volker, who was on an adventure flight.  The 27-year-old is undergoing treatment at Gandaki Medical College with serious injuries.

DSP Gajusiddhi Bajracharya informed that the ultralight aircraft with call sign 9N-ALC had crashed soon after it took off for a recreational flight.

Earlier on November 13, the wreckage of an Ultralight aircraft that went missing on October 8 last  year was found near the Mount Machhapuchhre in Kaski district of western Nepal.

Police also recovered mortal remains of two foreigners –Russian pilot Valerie Putin (50) and South African woman Elizabeth Well (40) — who were aboard the 9N-ALI aircraft.

Powered by an engine, Ultralight is a two-seated small aircraft used for recreational aviation flights.


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