Nepal Plane Crash: All passengers on board the aircraft that crashed in Nepal are dead, a government official told ANI today as rescue teams pulled out bodies from the crash of the plane that had 22 people, including four Indians, on board.
At least 16 bodies have been pulled out from the crash site at 14,500ft in Sano Sware Bhir of Thasang, Mustang district.
The plane crash site was found this morning, after nearly 20 hours since it went missing.
The turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET plane operated by Tara Air had lost contact minutes after it took off from the Pokhara around 10 am on Sunday.
The Canadian-built plane was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal.
The airline issued the passengers’ list which identified four Indians as Ashok Kumar Tripathy, his wife Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathy), and their children Ritika and Dhanush. This family was based in Thane near Mumbai.
The Nepal Home Ministry has deployed two private helicopters from Pokhara and Mustang for the search for missing aircraft.
Mustang the traditional region is largely dry and arid. The world’s deepest gorge that goes down three miles vertically between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains runs through this district.
Nepal which is the home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest, has a record of air accidents.
In the year 2016, all 23 people aboard were killed when a plane of the same airline flying the same route crashed after takeoff.
In March 2018, a US-Bangla Air crash happened at the Tribhuvan International Airport, killing 51 people on board.