‘No survivors’ after plane with 23 people on board crashes in Nepal

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A Tara Air Viking 9N-AHH Twin Otter, carrying 21 people including one Chinese and one Kuwait national, and three crew members, has been missing while en route to Jomsom from Pokhara. (Picture: EPA)

All 23 people on board a small aircraft that crashed in bad weather in Nepal are believed to have been killed.

said the plane was on an 18-minute flight, but lost contact after take-off.

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by private Tara Air, was on an 18-minute flight when it lost contact with the control tower after take-off.

The plane had taken off from Pokhara, a resort town 80 miles west of Kathmandu, and was heading north to Jomsom, which is the starting point for trekkers going into mountainous areas.

Airport official Yogendra Kuwar said there were no landing strips between the airports.

‘It has broken into pieces,’ police officer Bishwaraj Khadka told Reuters from Myagdi, the town nearest the crash site. ‘There are no survivors.’

 

 

epa05177764 A picture made available on 24 February 2016 shows a twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal, 04 April 2015. According to media reports on 24 February 2016, Tara Air Viking 9N-AHH Twin Otter, carrying 20 passenger including one Chinese and one Kuwait national, and three crew members, has been missing while en route to Jomsom from Pokhara. EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

A twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal (picture: EPA)

A Chinese national and a Kuwaiti citizen were among the dead.

Officials said thick fog had enveloped the Mustang area where Jomsom is located.

Mustang is a popular hiking area on the Mount Annapurna trekking circuit. A similar aircraft crashed in west Nepal in 2014, killing 18 people.

The Twin Otter aircraft was operated by Tara airlines in Nepal.

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