A cockpit of a crashed US-Bangla airplane lies on the crash site at the Tribhuvan International
Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal March 12, 2018. REUTERS/ Navesh Chitrakar
It has been reported two people have died after a cargo plane crashed in Nepal during bad weather Wednesday.
This is the latest aviation accident in the impoverished Himalayan nation.
According to a report by the Agence France Presse, AFP, the Makalu Air flight lost contact moments after takeoff and crashed into a hillside not far from its destination in the remote northwestern district of Humla.
The wreckage was found scattered across a mountain at an altitude of 3,900 metres (12,800 feet).
“Bodies of both the pilot and co-pilot have been recovered from the crash site,” district chief Madhav Prasad Dhungana told AFP.
“We believe it missed the route and crashed into a hillside, probably because of bad weather.”
Nepal has a poor road network and many remote mountain communities rely on planes and helicopters to bring in basic goods.
But the country has a dismal safety record, which is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and poor management.
Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace because of safety concerns.
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