22 killed in Nepal plane crash


Nepalese soldiers carry the remains of a plane crash victim in Kathmandu (AP)

All 22 people on a small plane that went missing on Wednesday died when it crashed in Nepal’s mountainous east, searchers have said after finding the wreckage.

Searchers found the wreckage near a village about 100 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu, rescue officials said.

Police official Bhesh Bahadur Thapa, stationed near the crash site, said the wreckage was scattered over an area of 1,000 feet radius on the side of a mountain. It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

Mr Thapa said the rescuers were collecting the bodies and preparing them to be sent back to Kathmandu.

The plane had been chartered to carry a group of pilgrims to a Hindu temple and was on its way back to the capital.

The Canadian-built Twin Otter aircraft belonging to domestic Tara Air took off on Wednesday from Lamidanda, about 200 miles east of Kathmandu, and then disappeared.

Airport official Dinesh Shrestha said three rescue aircraft including an army helicopter scoured the area Wednesday evening and early Thursday and located the crash site.

The three crew members and 18 passengers were Nepali nationals, while another passenger was a Tibetan holding a US passport.

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