Nepal finds wreck­age of miss­ing ul­tra­light

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


The wreck­age of an ul­tra­light air­craft that dis­ap­peared in Nepal last year with two peo­ple on board has been found, an avi­a­tion of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. The air­craft went miss­ing shortly af­ter tak­ing off from the pop­u­lar moun­tain re­sort town of Pokhara on Oc­to­ber 8 with a Rus­sian pi­lot and a South African tourist on board. Search teams were dis­patched to the area af­ter de­bris was spot­ted from the air, Pokhara’s air­port chief Bhola Prasad Gura­gain said. “The team re­cov­ered wreck­age of the ul­tra­light craft and bones from the site,”“The marks on the wreck­age con­firm it is the miss­ing craft but we have handed the re­mains to author­i­ties for tests.” Ul­tra­light flights are pop­u­lar among tourists in Pokhara for panoramic views of the ma­jes­tic snow­capped An­na­purna moun­tains. In 2013, a Chi­nese tourist and a Nepali pi­lot were killed when their ul­tra­light crashed in the same area. Nepal, which is still reel­ing from a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake last April, has suf­fered a num­ber of air dis­as­ters in re­cent years.

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