By Rup Narayan Dhakal—Pokhara: The missing 9NALI aircraft of Pokhara Ultralight Pvt. Ltd. has been found in crashed state after 13 months killing two at Machhapuchhre Village Development Committee beneath Annapurna Mountain Range in Kaski district of Mid-Nepal on Sunday.
The single engine aircraft with a passenger South African woman Elizabeth Well, 40, and Russian pilot Valerie Putin, 50 on board had gone missing since October 11, 2015.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal- Pokhaa Airport Chief Bhola Prasad Guragai confirmed the ultralight crash and added that the few human remains and parts of the plane were brought to Pokhara. According to Him, the debris and human remains were found in the ravine of jungle area north to touristy town Pokhara.
The exact ward which is the accident site is however yet to be disclosed. According to District Police Office Kaski spokesperson DSP Gaju Sidhhi Bajracharya, the case now goes ahead as per the legal process. Nepal Police, Armed Police Force (APF) and aviation officials had reached to the accident site to confirm the accident and collect remains.
Pokhara Ultralight Director Pom Narayan Shrestha informed that the accident site was identified as a pilot of Air Dynasty submitted some pictures and video of possible accident site to Pokhara Airport. Later, those pictures and videos were confirmed of being accident site of ultralight.
The aircraft that had been flown at 10.35 from Pokhara Airport but it had gone missing after 6 minutes of take off. The long search mission had remained failed to find the aircraft. The German made aircraft was close body and had started to fly since 2014 in Pokhara region.
Nepali Pilot Stephan Shrestha and Chinese national Jun Liu had lost their life in ultralight crashed at Pumdi Bhumdi of Kaski in Oct 3, 2013. Ultralights are being used for adventure fly and sightseeing in Pokhara.