Nepal Plane Crash: No Survivors Found; 21 Bodies Retrieved From Site, Say Officials

Nepal Plane Crash: Officials have recovered 14 bodies from the plane crash site. According to rescue officials, some of the bodies are beyond recognition.

By Aalok Sensharma
Updated: Mon, 30 May 2022 04:58 PM IST
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Nepal Plane Crash: No Survivors Found; 21 Bodies Retrieved From Site, Say Officials
Nepal plane crash site at Sanosware in Mustang/ Image credits: ANI

Kathmandu (Nepal) | Jagran News Desk: The Nepali Army has physically located the aircraft of the Tara Airlines that crashed on Sunday (May 29) with 22 people on board, including four Indians, said its spokesperson Brigadier General Narayan Silwal on Monday morning. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has reported that 21 bodies have been retrieved from the crash site.

While an official announcement is due, Nepal Home Ministry Spokesperson Phadindra Mani Pokhrel said that the preliminary assessment shows that none of the passengers could have survived the crash.

"We suspected all the passengers on board the aircraft have lost their lives. Our preliminary assessment shows that no one could have survived the plane crash, but official statement is due: Phadindra Mani Pokhrel, Spokesperson, Home Ministry to ANI.

Nepal Army spokesperson said that a team of 15 soldiers has been dropped near the crash site to retrieve the bodies. The crash site lies at an elevation of about 14,500 feet while the team has been dropped at 11,000 meters in height.

The turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET plane, which also had three Japanese and two German nationals, had crashed on Sunday minutes after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara.

The ill-fated aircraft, which took off at 10.15 am, was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. However, the plane was diverted to Mount Dhaulagiri after which it lost contact.

Later, locals from Titi said they have heard an unusual sound after which a search and rescue operation was launched by officials to locate the aircraft. Helicopters were also deployed, but the search operation was called off early on Sunday due to snowfall in the Mustang district.

"Due to the snowfall at the possible air crash site, the search and rescue operation has been called off for today. All the helicopters deployed for search and rescue operations have been called back to bases," Premnath Thakur, General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Everest, has a record of air accidents. In 2016, all 23 people aboard were killed when a plane of the same airline flying the same route crashed after takeoff.

In March 2018, a US-Bangla Air crash occurred at the Tribhuvan International Airport, killing 51 people on board. A Sita Air flight crashed in September 2012 while making an emergency landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, killing 19 people.

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