Depty Director General at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Rajan Pokharel said both pilot Kiran Bhattarai and co-pilot Aditya Nepali died in the crash that occurred at an altitude of 12,800 feet.
The single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan with call sign 9N-AJU had flown to Humla headquarters Simikot from Surkhet. The plane had taken off from Surkhet to Humla district headquarters Simikot. It took off from Surkhet Airport at 6:12 am Wednesday morning and was scheduled to land at 6:55 am in Simikot.
Makalu Air has three single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircrafts to its fleet. Based in Nepalgunj, Makalu Air provides chartered passenger and cargo services.