Kathmandu, Nov. 24:A Russian national flying an ultra-light aircraft in Pokhara died when the aircraft crashed at Chapakot-6 in Bamdi village of Kaski district Wednesday morning.
The deceased has been identified as Alexandar Maximov, 62.
A Canadian woman Jilleni Volker, 27, who was flying in the same aircraft as a client, sustained minor injuries in the accident. She is undergoing treatment at a Pokhara-based hospital, a news bulletin issued by the Nepal Police reported.
“Maximov was flying the ultra-light aircraft. It lost its balance shortly after it took off and crashed just outside the runway,” said Avia Club of Pokhara, which operates the flight. Maximov was flying the ultra-light aircraft with the call sign 9N-ALL.
Maximov breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the Gandaki Medical College.
According to the Avia Club, Maximov was an experienced pilot who had been flying the ultra-light aircraft for the past 14 years. He was also a senior pilot and a trainer as well.
Police Inspector Mohanmani Adhikari of Baidam Area Police Post said that the ultra-light aircraft crashed after a rope tied to a hang-glider snapped while being pulled by the aircraft.