27 May 2017: Spokesperson for Kathmandu-based Goma Air has confirmed that a cargo plane crashed Saturday afternoon killing its pilot and seriously injuring two other crew members.
“We are finding it difficult to rescue the injured crew members due to bad weather,” Sagar Acharya told southasia.com.au via telephone.
A helicopter which was already in Solukhumbu district is being used to rescue Co-Pilot Shreejan Manandhar and air-hostess Pragya Maharjan, he added.
The cargo plane, with call sign 9N – AKY, crashed as it prepared to land at the Lukla Airport, dubbed the world’s most dangerous airport.
Capt. Paras Rai passed away shortly after he was pulled from the wreckage near the runway of the airport.
Although Lukla Airport has gained some notoriety over the years for the unnerving landing experience it deals to its customers, it is nonetheless massively used by tourists, Mt Everest aspirants and locals alike.
UPDATE: Co-Pilot Shreejan Manandhar died at 9:30 pm local time on Saturday while receiving treatment at Lukla Hospital. Authorities are still struggling to bring injured air hostess Pragya Maharjan to Kathmandu. Bad weather is hampering the medical evacuation, local media reported today.