Makalu Air has resumed its normal flight operation from June 18, 2018 (Today).
According to the Officials, all the schedule flight operation of the carrier was halted following the crash of Cessna Grand Caravan 208B aircraft dated May 16 killing both Flight Crews on-board.
The aircraft was en-route from Surkhet at 06:15 hour’s local time on a domestic cargo flight to Simikot. Captain Kiran Bhattrai and Co-Pilot Adhitya Nepali was on the Flight deck taking the command of the aircraft. The aircraft went missing for four hours and crashed at the mountainside of Simikot Pass at an altitude of 12,800 feet.
Makalu Air is an airplane charter company effective within Nepal, with its base in Nepalgunj, Nepal. The company was formed in the year 2009 under the Air Operators Certificate issued by the government of Nepal. Since its commencement, the company has been vigorously involved in operation in far west region transporting merchandises and passenger to the remote far west region of Nepal. Presently after the crash the airline feature only a Single Engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B into its fleet.
The Cessna 208B Caravan is a sole turboprop engine, fixed-gear short-haul local airliner and function aircraft fabricated in the USA by Cessna. The airplane classically seats nine passengers, with a single person crew, though with a FAR Part 23 sacrifice, it can seat up to fourteen passengers. The aircraft is also used for cargo transportation operations.