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Helicopter crash in Nepal claims lives of six individuals

Nepali pilot and five Mexican nationals were among those onboard, said an airport official.

Likkhu, 11 July, 2023 (GNP): In a devastating incident, authorities in Nepal have recovered the bodies of all six victims involved in a helicopter crash near Likkhu, northeast of the capital city Kathmandu. Among the deceased are five Mexican nationals, marking yet another air disaster to strike the Himalayan nation.

The cause of the crash, which occurred on Tuesday, is currently unknown, and the civil aviation regulator has announced the establishment of a probe committee to conduct a thorough investigation.

The ill-fated helicopter was operated by Manang Air, a renowned service provider offering breathtaking aerial views of Nepal’s majestic peaks, including the renowned Mount Everest.

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Rescue teams, led by regional official Sita Adhikari in the district of Solukhumbu, have successfully recovered all six bodies. However, the impact of the crash has left the bodies in fragmented conditions, making it imperative for further examination and assessment by authorities dispatched to the scene.

Nepali pilot and five Mexican nationals were among those onboard, according to Teknath Sitoula, an airport official.

Raju Neupane, spokesperson for Manang Air, stated that the helicopter had taken off in favorable weather conditions. However, the exact cause of the tragic incident remains uncertain, necessitating a comprehensive investigation into the matter.

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Nepal, renowned for its rugged and mountainous terrain, has witnessed numerous air crashes due to the operational challenges faced by airlines servicing small airports in remote regions, often enveloped by clouds and inaccessible by roadways.

This recent incident adds to the country’s unfortunate history of air accidents. Earlier this year, Nepal experienced its worst air crash in three decades, claiming the lives of 71 individuals near the popular tourist city of Pokhara.