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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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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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