Nepal finds nearly all victims of plane crash

30/5/2022 4:44:00 PM

Nepal finds nearly all victims of plane crash

Nepal Plane Crash

Nepal finds nearly all victims of plane crash

KATHMANDU, May 30 — Nepal authorities today recovered or located the bodies of all but one of 22 people who were on board a plane that crashed into a Himalayan mountainside...

Monday, 30 May 2022 8:57 PM MYTKATHMANDU, May 30 — Nepal authorities today recovered or located the bodies of all but one of 22 people who were on board a plane that crashed into a Himalayan mountainside yesterday, officials said, and the government has formed a panel to investigate the incident.

Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalis were on the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft which crashed 15 minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125km west of Kathmandu, yesterday morning.“There is very little chance to find survivors,” said Deo Chandra Lal Karna, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

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Monday, 30 May 2022 8:57 PM MYT KATHMANDU, May 30 — Nepal authorities today recovered or located the bodies of all but one of 22 people who were on board a plane that crashed into a Himalayan mountainside yesterday, officials said, and the government has formed a panel to investigate the incident. Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalis were on the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft which crashed 15 minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125km west of Kathmandu, yesterday morning. Operated by privately owned Tara Air, the aircraft went down during cloudy weather yesterday and was spotted by Nepal’s army earlier today after search operations that were halted overnight were resumed. “There is very little chance to find survivors,” said Deo Chandra Lal Karna, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis were on board the plane, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter operated by privately owned Tara Air, according to the airline and government officials. Nepali soldiers and rescue workers had retrieved 20 bodies from the wreckage, strewn across a steep slope at an altitude of around 14,500 feet. Tek Raj Sitaula, a spokesman for the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, said bodies of 14 people had been found so far by rescue teams. They were trying to recover another body they had seen, officials said.

The government said it had set up a five-member panel to determine the cause of the crash and suggest prevention measures for the future. The De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft took off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, yesterday morning. Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 said the aircraft, with registration number 9N-AET, made its first flight in April 1979. The difficult terrain and poor weather have hampered the search parties. An image published in Nepali media showed uniformed rescue workers moving a body from the wreckage and using ropes to haul it onto a stretcher and up a steep, grassy ridge. But the aircraft — with four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis aboard — lost contact with the Pokhara control tower five minutes before it was due to land, airlines officials said. “There is very thick cloud in the area,” Netra Prasad Sharma, the most senior bureaucrat in the Mustang district, where the crash took place, told Reuters by phone. Its weather can change suddenly and airstrips are typically located in mountainous areas that are hard to reach. In Kathmandu, the capital, relatives of victims waited for the bodies to be brought back from the crash site. Soldiers from Nepal’s army and other rescue workers were operating in difficult mountainous terrain at an altitude of around 14,500 feet with a heavy cloud cover, officials said.

“I am waiting for my son’s body,” Maniram Pokhrel told Reuters, his voice choking. His son Utsav Pokhrel, 25, was the copilot. “There is very thick cloud in the area,” he told Reuters by phone. Operated by privately owned Tara Air, the aircraft crashed in cloudy weather and the wreckage wasn’t spotted until this morning by Nepal’s army. The plane was headed to Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site that lies about 80km north-west of Pokhara — usually a 20-minute flight.” Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 said the aircraft, with registration number 9N-AET, made its first flight in April 1979. But the aircraft lost contact with the Pokhara control tower five minutes before it was due to land, airline officials said.

The crash site is close to Nepal’s border with China, in a region where Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-highest peak at 8,167 metres, is located. Its weather can change suddenly and airstrips are typically located in mountainous areas that are hard to reach. Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 said the aircraft first flew 43 years ago. Air accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest, as the weather can change suddenly and make for hazardous conditions. — Reuters Advertisement. In early 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed on landing and caught fire, killing 51 of the 71 people on board. — Reuters Advertisement .