(Pokhara) Twenty-one bodies have been found on the slope of a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal, where a plane that crashed on Sunday with 22 people on board was found in the Himalayas in Nepal, the military announced on Monday.
Posted at 6:39
Updated at 11:46 am
“21 bodies have been found and teams are searching for the last one,” Nepal Army spokesman Narayan Salwal told AFP the day after the Tara Air twin Otter accident.
Ten bodies have been taken down and we are trying to bring them back to Kathmandu. Rescue teams are working to bring the other bodies closer to the helicopter.
The authority had confirmed earlier on Monday that the plane “had an accident” at an altitude of 4,420 meters in Sanossuer district of Thasang rural municipality in Mustang district. It did not give details of the reason.
“Analysis of the footage we received, it appears that the flight did not catch fire. Everything is spread on the site. Dev Raj Subedi, a spokesman for Pokhara Airport, said, “It appears that the flight hit a large rock on the hill.
About 60 people work hard on the site, including the military, police, mountain guides and locals, most of whom have traveled miles on foot to get to it.
In addition to the three crew members, the plane was carrying 19 passengers, including two Germans, four Indians and ten Nepalese.
Indian police officer Uttam Sunawan told AFP that the four Indians are a married couple, and their daughter and son are aged 15 and 22.
According to Pradeep Gauchan, a local official, the wreck is located at an altitude of about 3800-4000 meters above sea level.
The twin-engine Tara Air Twin Otter took off at 9:55 a.m. (12:10 a.m. EDT) from Pokhara in central-western Nepal, the country’s second-largest city, 200 kilometers west of the capital, Kathmandu, before losing contact. Wireless.
He was going to Jomsom, a popular area for hikers in the Himalayas, a 20-minute flight from Pokhara.
A photo posted by Nepal Army spokesman Narayan Silwal on Twitter showed plane wreckage scattered on the side of a mountain.
Registration number 9N-AET was clearly visible on what appeared to be a piece of the wing.
According to the Aviation Safety Network website, the plane was built by Canadian company De Havilland and first flew over 40 years ago in 1979.
The search operations had resumed Monday morning after stopping on Sunday at nightfall.
Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, a private domestic airline serving many remote areas of Nepal.
Nepalese civil aviation has flourished in recent years, transporting tourists, pedestrians, and mountaineers, as well as cargo, to remote and hard-to-reach places by road.
grim safety record
Nepal, a poor country in the Himalayas, has a dismal flight safety record due to insufficient pilot training and maintenance.
The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from accessing its airspace for security reasons.
The country also has some of the most dangerous airstrips in the world, located among snow-capped peaks.
In March 2018, a US Bangladesh Airlines plane crashed near Kathmandu airport, killing 51 people.
The deadliest accident dates back to 1992: 167 people were killed on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane near Kathmandu airport.
Two months ago, a Thai Airways plane crashed in the same area, killing 113 people.
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