Tara Air Plane Found Crashed in Myagdi Jungle in Nepal

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • February 24, 2016, 7:32 AM

A small plane carrying 23 people that went missing in a mountainous area in Nepal in bad weather and poor visibility has been found crashed  after four hours of search and rescue operations. Aviation Minister Aananda Prasad Pokhrel confirmed that the plane was found crashed at a jungle in Kekarko Butta in the district.

All 23 passengers including three crew members, two children and two foreigners, on board, officials said. One passenger was from China and another a Kuwaiti national. All the others were from Nepal and two were children aboard Nepal's Tara Air plane Viking 9N-AHH have been reported dead.

The aircraft caught fire after it crashed, according to a search and rescue team present at the site of the accident.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal officials said that the reason of crash is yet to be probed. Residents in the area said they saw a huge explosion and fire in the remote area. Initial investigation has suggested that due to poor visibility in Mount Annapurna might have caused the crash.

In Nepal, air travel is hugely popular as there is only a limited road network. In 2013, the European Union banned all Nepalese airlines from flying there because since 1949 - the year the first aircraft landed in Nepal - there have been more than 70 different crashes involving planes and helicopters, in which more than 700 people have been killed.

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