Kathmandu: An unspecified number of people were injured when an aircraft with nine passengers and two crew members on board crash landed in Nepal’s Kalikot district on Friday, the media said. Captain Dinesh Neupane and co-pilot Santosh Ranaa of the plane were killed in the 9N-AJB chartered flight crash.
The aircraft took off from Nepalgunj city at 12.16 p.m. (local time) and crashed while landing in a farmer’s field near the top of a mountain, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Pokhrel said.
The aircraft appeared to have some technical problem. It went into a steep descent and crashed nose down, an eyewitness said.
The aircraft belonging to Kasthamandap Air “crashed” while it was bound to the remote Jumla district. The incident happened two days after a Tara Air plane crashed in Nepal, killing all 23 people on board.
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The Kathmandu Post also said that the crash landing took place at Chilkhaya. The single engine 9N-AJB aircraft had 11 people, including two crew members.
Nepal Police spokesperson Madhav Raj Joshi said the plane was diverted from Jumla after it failed to land there.
Nepal Army spokesperson Brigadier General Tara Bahadur Karki said a joint police-army team was on its way to the site.