Nepal plane crash kills all 23 on board

February 25, 2016 11:00 am

Relatives of the plane crash victim gather for the information about the crashed aircraft at the airport in Pokhara, . Photo / Getty Images

Rescuers found the wreckage of a small plane carrying 23 people that crashed in bad weather into a mountain in central Nepal, police said. All on board, including two foreigners, were confirmed dead.
Police official Harihari Yogi said the wreckage of the plane, which was on a scheduled 18-minute flight, was still burning and all the bodies were charred. He said the plane appeared to have flown directly into the mountain.
The foreigners were from China and Kuwait. All others on the plane were Nepali citizens, including two children.
The Twin Otter aircraft operated by domestic Tara Air had taken off from Pokhara, a resort town 200km west of Kathmandu, and was heading north to Jomsom, the starting point for trekkers going into mountainous areas. Airport official Yogendra Kuwar said it lost contact shortly after takeoff.
Only small planes can fly the route, which goes between mountains.
Helicopters searched the route for hours after the plane was reported missing, but were hampered by poor weather, Kuwar said. Searchers found the wreckage after residents of Rupshe, a small village, reported having heard a loud explosion.
Jomson is popular among foreign tourists trekking in the Mt Annapurna and Mustang regions, and also among Hindu pilgrims visiting the Muktinath temple.
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