Small plane crash recovery to resume in Nepal

    Small plane crash recovery to resume in Nepal

    Feb 25, Kathmandu: An operation to retrieve the remaining bodies from a small plane crash in Nepal will resume after bad weather suspended recovery efforts, according to local media report.

    The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, crashed killing all 23 people on board shortly after taking off on a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom on Wednesday.

    The identities of those on board have yet to be released. Two of those on board were children. The plane was carrying three crew and 20 passengers, one of them Chinese and one Kuwaiti.

    Director general of Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane's wreckage was found near the village of Dana in Myagdi district.

    Army officials quoted in local media said the weather was poor and the terrain was difficult to navigate late on Wednesday, which led to the a suspension of the recovery effort.

    The crash site is 13,000 feet (4km) above sea level and about 100km (62 miles) from Pokhara. It is not possible for helicopters to land there. Local media reports say the effort to retrieve all the bodies and fly them back to Pokhara will resume on Thursday.

    The flight was meant to take just under 10 minutes but Mr Gautam told the BBC Nepali Service that the aircraft lost contact with the control tower at Pokhara 10 minutes after take-off.

    The Oslo Times


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