Cargo plane crash kills two in Nepal


Cargo plane crash kills two in Nepal

Two people died on Wednesday after a cargo plane crashed in Nepal during bad weather, the latest aviation accident in the impoverished Himalayan nation.

The Makalu Air flight lost contact moments after take-off and crashed into a hillside not far from its destination in the remote northwestern district of Humla.

The wreckage was found scattered across a mountain at an altitude of 3,900 metres (12,800 feet).

“Bodies of both the pilot and co-pilot have been recovered from the crash site.

“We believe it missed the route and crashed into a hillside, probably because of bad weather,” District Chief, Madhav Dhungana told AFP.

Nepal has a poor road network and many remote mountain communities rely on planes and helicopters to bring in basic goods.

But the country has a dismal safety record, which is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and poor management.

Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace because of safety concerns.

In March, 51 people were killed when a passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed at Kathmandu airport, the country’s deadliest accident in more than two decades.

Last month a Malaysian jet carrying 139 people aborted a take-off and skidded into a muddy verge at the same airport, causing chaos and long delays. No one was hurt.

Agency Report