Authorities Impotent, Perhaps Overlooked To The Late Limbu’s Family After His Final Goodbye
Kathmandu – 15 August 2016
A star of Nepalese Aviation fell off the sky when a Fishtail Air’s helicopter 9N-AKA crashed into a terrain at Nuwakot during a medical evacuation mission claiming lives of all seven people on board on August 8 last week. With this crash, Nepal Aviation faced a black day once again just a couple of days after Makalu Air’s single engine crash landing incident at Simikot. One experienced pilot crashed onto the mountain affected by the weather condition enroute voluntarily. This was a nightmare for everyone for anyone could not believe such an experienced commander could pass so unbelievably as the crashed helicopter was intensively burnt into ashes and any parts of the bodies of passed souls could hardly be seen or recovered upon rescue.
Capt. Ranjan Limbu born on Asadh 10, 2046 in Hong Kong, his father Mr. Bhakta Khebang Limbu an ex-British Army officer and his mother Mrs. Santa kumara Shah was brought in Nepal 10 months after his birth in Hong Kong. He started schooling since 18 months old in Little Angeles Boarding School, Jhapa and completed his S.L.C in 2063. Thereafter completing his A Level Study from Kings College in 2065 he headed to California, USA for his dream training of a helicopter pilot. In 20 years of young age he completed his training and retuned back to Nepal to serve the aviation of Nepal. He had also received specialized rescue operation training from Switzerland and he was always ranked top during his trainings as he was an outstanding student preferred by everyone. He was going to be appointed as a Pilot in Command (PIC) instructor from the next month in Fishtail Air Helicopter Company.
Ranjan limbu has one elder brother Mr. Rakesh Limbu well established as a social worker. Ranjan Limbu was an extra ordinary student from his childhood according to head of ‘Council of Limbu Society’ in Jhapa. He was very keenly interested in flying but in addition to that he was very good at photography stills and possessed a professional artist’s quality according to his father whose tears were rolling down his eyes flashing back the memories of deceased son while our reporter talked to him during Ranjan Limbu’s funeral ceremony. The next side laid the lifeless body of Ranjan Limbu surrounded by a mass of mourning relatives and well-wishers on his demise. Among them was his mother, who was not even in a condition to utter words, weeping continuously after the first instance of receiving the news off fall of her beloved son.
The mourning family desperately awaits the concerned authority to give a hand of sympathy to the bereaved family in this difficult phase of their life. Ironically, it seems that both the helicopter company as well as the government has overlooked the victim’s family for they have not yet received any messages of condolences or sympathy to them. A dedicated pilot who served the aviation industry of Nepal for his entire life involving in various rescue and evacuations passed so sadly and lost his life while performing his duty however there has been no concern made by the concerned to his family. He has significantly saved hundreds of life in hundreds of rescue missions during mega earthquake 2015 and sadly it has been now unnoticed. In this difficult time his family should have been provided a platform to lean on and at least some words of sympathy must have been forwarded to them. The Fishtail Air Company is liable to the compensation against the loss of the life of this national hero although the compensation will never bring him back. The government of Nepal should award Late Captain Ranjan Limbu and honor his family so that his parents will always be proud of their son and his memories will always remain among all the people of nation.