Simrik Air chopper extinguishing fire in Shivapuri National Park area. (Photo: Simrik Air)
KATHMANDU: Simrik Air’s well-equipped helicopter having call sign 9N-ALP contributed to extinguish the wildfire that had gone out of control in Shivapuri National Park area.
Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung and Pilot-In-Command Capt. Surendra Paudel along with Simrik’s experienced crew flew with the “Bambi Bucket”- a specialized bucket suspended on a cable by a helicopter to deliver water, for the aerial fire-fighting mission to douse the forest fire.
Simrik has always been in forefront for the nation in times of crisis, a statement issued by the airline said.
To douse the uncontrollable wildfire, the “Bambi Bucket” was filled with water and 22 rounds of flight was operated from Machhapokhari (Wasikhu, Narayanthan), while one flight each was conducted by using water from Sundarijal and a rooftop swimming pool from Hotel Sabrina respectively, it said.
According to the statement, Simrik Air has been keeping the natural resource and wildlife conservation to the utmost priority, and as part of responsibility towards wildlife, national park, environment, society, heritages and ecosystem conservation, Simrik air has been carrying out these activities since long time.
Few months back, for the first time ever in Nepal, Simrik Air exclusively operated the aerial fire-fighting mission in Pathivara Temple area, as the fire in a community forest in that area had gone out of control and was posing a threat to existence of famous Hindu shrine in the country along with the community forest which is home to rare rhododendron species and red panda, it added.