Missing aircraft found crashed, killing all 23 on board

Posted by Amechi Obiakpu, Lagos | 24 February 2016 | 3,315 times

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A missing aircraft has been found crashed in Myagdi district, some 300 km off the capital, killing all 23 people on board.

The aircraft belonging to Tara Air, according to eye witness has been completely destroyed with no signs of human lives.

Quoting police and Nepal Army deployed at the crash site, Xinhua reported that parts of the plane and dead bodies were found in a scattered form. “The bodies are not in identifiable position at all," a police officer said.

The aircraft was carrying 18 passengers including two infants and three crew members. Two foreigners, a Hong Kong resident surnamed Mak and a Kuwaiti national, were among the 23 on board.

Sagar Mani Pathak, Chief District Officer of Myagdi district, said: "The crash site is in a very complex geography due to which it took long hours to find out."

The Twin-Otter-400 series (9N AHH) aircraft was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom Wednesday morning, it took off at 7:50 a.m. local time but went out of contact of the control tower after nearly nine minutes.

The aircraft was scheduled to land at Jomsom Airport at 8:10 a.m. local time.

The flight distance between Pokhara and Jomsom is only 20 minutes.

According to an official statement of Tara Air, the weather at both origin and destination airports were favorable and the airport was cleared for the departure by the control tower in Pokhara.

Local media reported that the last communication occurred between the pilot and the control tower was "see you back, good day" by the captain.

The plane had been flying to remote hilly and touristic destinations including Lukla, Phaplu, Dolpa and Rara.

Jomsom is one of the major tourist destinations in the Himalayan country which is mostly popular for trekking purpose.

*Photo shows a Tara aircraft. 

Source: News Express

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