WRECK­AGE OF MISS­ING PLANE FOUND IN MOUN­TAINS; ALL 23 ABOARD DEAD

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD -

Res­cuers found the wreck­age of a plane car­ry­ing 23 peo­ple that crashed in bad weather Wed­nes­day into a moun­tain in cen­tral Nepal, po­lice said. All those on board, in­clud­ing two for­eign­ers, were con­firmed dead.

Po­lice of­fi­cial Har­i­hari Yogi said the wreck­age of the plane, which was on a sched­uled 18- minute flight, was still burn­ing and all the bod­ies were charred. The air­craft ap­peared to have flown di­rectly into the moun­tain.

The for­eign­ers were from China and Kuwait. All oth­ers on the plane were Nepali cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing two chil­dren.

The Twin Ot­ter air­craft op­er­ated by do­mes­tic Tara air­lines had taken off from Pokhara, a re­sort town 200 kilo­me­tres west of Kath­mandu, and was head­ing north to Jom­som, the start­ing point for trekkers go­ing into moun­tain­ous ar­eas. Air­port of­fi­cial Yogendra Kuwar said it lost con­tact soon af­ter take­off.

Only small planes can fly the route, which goes be­tween moun­tains. He­li­copters searched the route for hours af­ter the plane was re­ported miss­ing, but were ham­pered by poor weather.

M B ASTHA VIA AP

Fam­ily mem­bers of a plane crash vic­tims break down while they wait for the in­for­ma­tion about the ac­ci­dent in Pokhara Do­mes­tic Air­port, Nepal, Wed­nes­day. All those aboard, in­clud­ing two for­eign­ers, were con­firmed dead.

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