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Makalu Air aircraft crash lands in Bajura

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SURKHET — A Makalu Air aircraft which took off from Surkhet to Humla district headquarters Simikot has crash landed at Bajura’s Hilachaur.

The plane with call sign 9 N AUJ was departed from Surkhet at 6:12 am Wednesday carrying 1,170 kilogram of cargo to Simikot of Humla. However, the plane had lost contact and crashed at east-western part of Hilachaur of Bajura. The plane was scheduled to land at 6:55 am at Simikot.

Residents had informed the police after sighting smoke at the crash site, according to District Police Office, Bajura.

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There were only two pilots in the cargo plane. Captain Kiran Bhattarai was flying the plane and co-pilot Aditya Nepali. Both the pilots are safe.

The police have departed to crash site and further details are yet to come. The plane was flown by Captain Kiran Bhattarai .

Makalu Air has three aircrafts to its fleet. The crashed plane is a single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.

Based in Nepalgunj, makalu provides chartered passenger and cargo services.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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