August 4, 2016 9:48:16 pm
A small aircraft crash landed in a river in Nepal’s mountainous Humla district on Thursday, leaving the pilot and co-pilot injured.
A major accident was averted when the single-engine Makalu aircraft was force-landed by its pilots in Karnali river bed after they witnessed a technical glitch in its engine during its flight to Surkhet from Simikot in western Nepal.
The pilot and co-pilot suffered minor injuries when they jumped in the river. They were airlifted to Nepalgunj by a Simrik Air helicopter.
The wreckage of the plane has been swept away by the river, according to reports.
Nepal has a poor track record in aviation safety standards. In February, an Air Kasthamandap aircraft en route to Jumla from Nepalgunj, with 11 people on board had crashlanded in Kalikot district, leaving the pilot and co-pilot dead in the accident.
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