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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli leaves for New York
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma has left for New York leading the Nepali delegation to the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. PM Oli is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.
Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, among others were present to see him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Deputy PM Pokhrel will officiate duties as the acting Prime Minister during Oli’s absence.
During his New York stay, the prime minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will engage in sideline meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Cambodian Prime Minister Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
The prime minister will also attend the reception to be hosted by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the evening of September 24 and a luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 25.
Besides addressing the UNGA on September 27, Prime Minister Oli will address a high-level plenary meeting of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on September 24 being organized to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The prime minister will also deliver a statement at the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) being hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 25.
According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the prime minister, after concluding UNGA, will leave New York for San Jose, Costa Rica on September 29 to have a bilateral meeting with the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
Oli will return to Kathmandu on October 3 after an 11-day long abroad stay.Follow @gorkhapost