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POKHARA: A two-seater ultra-light aircraft crashed in the Shanti Stupa area in Pokhara Valley of Kaski district on Thursday morning, killing pilot and a Chinese tourist.
SP Kedar Rijal at the District Police Office, Kaski confirmed the casualties.
The pilot has been identified as Stephen Shrestha. The identity of the killed tourist is yet to be ascertained.
Locals and rescue team thronging near the wreckage of a two-seater ultra-light aircraft at the crash site near Shanti Stupa in Pokhara Valley on Thursday, October 03, 2013. Photo: Bharat Koirala/The Himalayan Times)
Authorities at the Pokhara Airport confirmed that Aircraft 9N AGY belonging to the Avia Club Nepal had taken off this morning with pilot Shrestha and a passenger on board.
Chief at the Pokhara Airport Pratapbabu Tiwari informed that the aircraft had crashed near the parking lot of the Stupa in Pumdibhumdi VDC of the district.
He informed that the reason of the crash is still unclear. It was raining lightly and clouds had covered the sky this morning.
The wreckage of 9N AGY ultra-light aircraft after it crashed near Shanti Stupa in Pokhara on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Pilot and a Chinese tourist were killed in the crash. Photo: Krishnamani Baral/THT Online
The ultra-light aircraft is popular among tourists for sightseeing the Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna mountain range.
This undated photo shows pilot Stephen Shrestha with his wife. Stephen was killed in 9N AGY ultra-light aircraft crash near Shanti Stupa in Pokhara city on Thursday, October 03, 2013. Chinese tourist Jun Liu was also killed in the crash. Facebook Photo
Locals and police personnel at crash site. Photo: Bharat Koirala/THT Online
Ultra-light aircraft crashes in Pokhara, two killed
KATHMANDU: A two-seater ultra-light aircraft has crashed in the Shanti Stupa area in Pokhara Valley of Kaski district, the Nepal Television reported.
Pilot Stephan Shrestha and a Chinese tourist on board the small aircraft died in the incident.