Family and friends attend the funeral ceremony of late senior pilot Captain Nischal K.C. who passed away in a tragic accident of Altitude Air’s H125 at Satyadevi forest of Dhading. Pilot K.C. along with 5 other passengers was announced dead on Saturday and the dead bodies were airlifted to Kathmandu on Sunday by a helicopter.
The bodies of deceased people recovered from the crash site were brought to Kathmandu on Sunday morning. The bodies were first brought to Trishuli Hospital, Bidur, Nuwakot and then airlifted to TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.
Family members along with friends, relatives, and officials from Airline company were gathered to bid their last goodbye to late pilot K.C. at Pashupati temple today afternoon.
Nischal K.C. was an expert pilot and worked for almost every helicopter companies of Nepal including Heli Everest, Manang Air, Air Dynasty and Simrik Air. He had tremendous experience of high altitude flying and rescue operations. His dedication towards the service proved him to be loyal, brave and a true pilot, however, the aviation industry of Nepal will sadly miss the young pilot.
An H125 single-engine helicopter with call sign ‘9N-ALS’ was en-route to Kathmandu from Samagaun, Gorkha transporting passengers. The Helicopter was scheduled to Land Kathmandu by 08:18 AM NST from Samagaun but went missing after it lost a radio communication with Kathmandu tower after flying some 20 miles and was later found crashed at the dense forest. Rescuers had difficult circumstances due to adverse weather conditions and geographical location.
The precise cause behind the crash is yet to be discovered for which the aviation ministry has formed a three-member investigation team led by Joint Secretary of MoCTCA Mr. Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, Senior Captain Siddhartha Jung Gurung from Simrik Air, Chief Engineer Meghendra Kumar Shrestha of Summit Air.