Plane With 23 On Board Crashes In Nepal


At least 23 people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in a mountainous area in Nepal.

Rescuers launched a desperate search for the jet after it went missing minutes after taking off. 

Nepal”s interior minister Aananda Prasad Pokharel said the burnt wreckage was found several hours later in the remote Myagdi district.

File picture shows a Twin Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air is pictured at Tenzing Hillary Airport, in Lukla, approximately 2800 meters above sea level, in Solukhumbu district, Nepal

He said bodies could be seen scattered around the wreckage.

The passenger plane lost contact after taking off from Pokhara – a resort town west of Kathmandu.

Officials said it was heading north on a short 20-minute flight to Jomsom, the starting point for trekkers going into the mountains.

The Twin Otter aircraft, which is operated by domestic airline Tara Air, is understood to have been flying in poor visibility.

Among the passengers and crew are two foreign citizens – one from China and one from Kuwait.

The remaining passengers are Nepalese, two of them children.

No British citizens are thought to have been on board.

Earlier, Jomsom”s police chief said rescue efforts were focused on the village of Rupshe, where residents reported hearing a large explosion.

Nepal, which is still reeling from last April”s devastating earthquake, has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years.

Most have been blamed on inadequate maintenance and inexperienced pilots.