Nepalese Army's Islander crash

1. A Nepalese Army (NA) Islander plane crashed at Chaudhulko Dhuri of Bowang-9, Baglung while bringing a sick soldier to the capital, killing six people on board. The Britten-Norman RAN 49 BN2T Islander plane, took off from the Nepalgunj Airport at 1825 hrs and lost contact at 1905 hrs on October 18, 2011 before crashing into the hillock. 2. The crash site is a remote mountainous area about 137 kilometers from Baglung and nearly four-hour walk from the nearest police post at Dhorpatan. The plane crashed in the forested mountainous area and rescuers were able to reach the crash site only on early hours of Wednesday. 3. The crew members of the ill-fated aircraft were pilots Major Bishal Singh Rathaur and Major Diwakar Karki, Doctor Captain Rabita Pathak, soldier Milan Gotame, soldier Keshab Airee, who was suffering from Meningitis, and his brother Ramhari Airee. 4. Airee was getting treatment at No. 9 Field Ambulance and was referred to Military Hospital at Chhauni after his health did not improve there. 5. NA on Wednesday formed a seven member committee under the chairmanship of Brigadier General Sudhir Shrestha to probe the plane crash. 6. The dead bodies were brought to the Tribhuvan International Airport by NA MI-17 helicopters at 1825 on Wednesday and taken to the Military Hospital at Chhauni for the post-mortem. On October 20, Acting CoAS Lt. General Garurav Shumsher JBR paid his last tribute to NA soldiers who died on Tuesday’s Islander crash. High ranking Generals, Officers and other Ranks gave their sincere condolences to the deceased. A military unit offered last honor to the deceased at the Army Hospital. The dead bodies were then handed over to their relatives after autopsy. 7. CoAS, Acting CoAS and entire NA family expresses its deep shock on the untimely death of the victims in the crash and extends sincere condolences to their bereaved family and relatives.