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Pilot , co-pilot killed as Makalu Air plane crashes in Humla [Update]

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HUMLA — Both pilot and co-pilot were killed when a Makalu Air cargo aircraft crashed at Simikot Pass in Bahun Kharka, Humla, on Wednesday, according to Rabin Shrestha, chief of District Police Office, Humla.

The Makalu aircraft with call sign 9 N AUJ, departed from Surkhet at 6:12 am Wednesday carrying 1,170 kilogram of cargo to Simikot of Humla, had lost contact at 6:45 am this morning. Later the plane was spotted at Kharpunath rural municipliaty-2 of Humla.

A search helicopter had spotted the plane damaged completely, according to police. Two helicopters of Mountain Air in cooperation with security personnel, were mobilised in the search operation.

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The deceased pilots have been identified as Captain Aditya Nepal and Captain Kiran Bhattarai, according to Chief District Officer (CDO) of Humla, Madhav Dhungana,.

It has been reported that the bodies of two pilots found in the wrecked aircraft have been sent to a hospital in Surkhet for postmortem.

The single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan had flown to Humla headquarters Simikot from Surkhet. The plane had taken off from Surkhet to Humla district headquarters Simikot.

 

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FNJ condemns police assault on journalists

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KATHMANDU — Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has expressed serious concern over police assault on media personnel on Saturday.

New Baneshwor area of Kathmandu has turned into a battle ground on Saturday afternoon after police fired 23 rounds of teargas shells at a rally organised by main opposition Nepali Congress affiliated Tarun Dal after the cadres of Tarun Dal tried to enter the restricted area.

Doxen people inluding Tarun Dal President Jeet Jung Basnet, some protestors and 11 police personnel were injured in the clash. Photo journalists Prabin Maharjan and Skanda Gautam among others were also injured in the incident.

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Meanwhile, the umbrella association of journalists across the country has informed that total five journalists were injured in course of collecting news in a demonstration launched by Nepal Congress youth wing Tarun Dal in the capital today.

Journalists injured in the demonstration are Chief Editor of hamrakura.com and Nepal Press Union general secretary Ajay Babu Siwakoti, Maheshwar Gautam of Rajdhani Daily, Nibes Kumar of New 24, Skanda Gautam and Praveen Maharjan of The Himalayan Times, according to a press statement issued by FNJ general secretary Ramesh Bista.

The federation has termed the police intervention on journalists as against free press and freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution and urged the government to ensure a fear-free environment for journalists to collect news and curb such incidents in future.

Noted members of civil society including a former chief justice, human rights activists, cinema actors, doctors, lawyers and representatives of various professions as well other sectors took to the street at Baneshwar to press the government to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is on the 22nd day of his 15th fast-unto-death. Dr KC is pressing for reforms in medical education.

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