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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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At least 5 killed in California wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — At least five people have been found dead in their burned-out vehicles when an explosive wildfire swept through the Northern California town of Paradise, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said officials located five bodies inside a vehicle overcome by the Camp Fire.

The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty was not yet clear.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

The fire, which sparked Thursday, burnt 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of 10:30 am Friday local time, according to media reports.

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Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had almost quadrupled in size to nearly 285 square kilometres.

Celebrity website TMZ reported the Malibu Ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu from a separate fire burning north of Los Angeles.

TMZ also reported the blaze had reached the grounds of the mansion in nearby Calabasas owned by Kardashian and husband rapper Kanye West.

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