Taplejung, Aug 10: Khewang of Taplejung, the birthplace of pilot Ranjan Limbu who was killed in the recent Fishtail Air helicopter crash, is in grief, following the sad and untimely demise of the first pilot from the village.
The Fishtail chopper en route to the capital from Gorkha crashed in Nuwakot last Monday, killing all seven on board including the pilot. The Khewang folks and his relatives there are in tears since his demise.
Ranjan was the first pilot from the village. He was born as the youngest child to mother Shanta Kumari and father Bhakta Limbu on June 24, 1989. Later, his family was migrated to Jhapa. Ranjan completed his ‘A’ level degree from the capital and moved to the US to take a four-year pilot training course. Upon the completion of the training, he returned home to pursue a career in piloting. He was in this field since the age of 21.
Ranjan’s father was an ex-British Gurkha and his family later got a permanent residence permit in the UK, but he denied go with them as he wished to utilise his skills at home, his uncle Gajendra said. His mother who is presently in Jhapa is speechless since the tragic incident. RSS