Relatives of the passengers of the plane that crashed in the Himalayas at Pokhara Airport in Nepal on May 30, 2022 with tears (AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA)
Twenty-one bodies have been found in a plane crash in Nepal on Sunday with 22 people on board, the army said on Monday.
“Twenty-one bodies have been recovered and teams are searching for the last one,” Nepal Army spokesman Narayan Silva told AFP the day after the twin-engine twin-engine crash. Airlines Tara Air.
“Efforts are being made to bring the bodies of 10 people down to Kathmandu. Rescue teams are working to bring the other bodies closer to the helicopter,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, the commission confirmed that the plane had “crashed” at an altitude of 4,420 meters in the Sanosware area of Dasang’s rural municipality in the Mustang district. She did not say why.
On May 30, 2022, the wreckage of a twin-engine plane with 22 people on board was found on the side of a mountain in the Mustang district of Nepal (AFP / Bishal MAGAR).
“Examining the footage we got, it looks like the plane did not catch fire. It is scattered all over the site. It looks like the plane crashed into a large rock in the mountains,” said Pokra Airport spokesman Dev Raj Subedi.
About 60 people, including soldiers, police, mountain guides and locals, have been working hard at the site, most of them walking miles to reach it.
– An Indian family –
In addition to the three crew, there were 19 passengers on board, including two Germans, four Indians and ten Nepalese.
The four Indians were a couple, their daughter and son, aged 15 and 22, Indian police official Uttam Sonawane told AFP.
Map of Nepal Pokhara, Dasang and Jomsom (AFP /)
According to local official Pradeep Gauchan, the ruins are about 3,800-4,000 meters above sea level.
Before losing radio contact, Tara Air’s twin-engine twin-engine took off at 9:55 am (0410 GMT) from Pokhara (central-western Nepal), 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, the country’s second largest city.
He was on a 20-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, a popular destination for trekkers in the Himalayas.
Nepal Army spokesman Narayan Silva shared a photo on Twitter showing the wreckage of the plane on the side of a mountain.
The registration number 9N-AET appeared to be a piece of the wing.
According to the Aviation Safety Network website, the aircraft was manufactured by the Canadian company De Haviland and first flew 40 years ago in 1979.
Families fall after plane crashes in Himalayas on May 30, 2022 at Pokhara Airport in Nepal (AFP / Yunish Gurung)
Search operations resumed Sunday night and resumed Monday morning.
Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, a private domestic airline that serves many remote areas of Nepal.
Nepal has developed civil aviation in recent years, taking tourists, hikers and mountaineers, as well as goods, by road to distant and inaccessible places.
– Strict Security Registration –
Nepal, the poorest country in the Himalayas, has a poor air safety record due to inadequate pilot training and maintenance.
The EU 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, nestled amidst snow-capped peaks.
Families of passengers on board the plane that crashed in Nepal on May 29, 2022 (AFP / Yunish Gurung) are waiting outside Pokhara Airport.
In March 2018, a plane belonging to a Bangladeshi company US-Bangla Airlines crashed near Kathmandu airport, killing 51 people.
The worst crash dates back to 1992: 167 people were killed on a Pakistan International Airlines flight near Kathmandu airport.
Two months ago, a Thai Airways plane crashed in the same area, killing 113 people.
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