Crashed Nepalese passenger plane might have diverted from its route

A passenger plane that crashed in central Nepal on Wednesday killing all 23 people on board might have diverted from its usual route, Pokhara Airport chief Dipak Baral said.

The Nepalese government meanwhile announced the formation of a probe team to investigate what exactly happened.

The team is headed by Nepal Civil Aviation Authority's former Director General, Rajesh Dali, and includes civil aviation ministry officials, army officials, Nepal airlines officials and aeronautical engineers.

The bodies of the plane crash victims were to be flown to Pokhara on Thursday, as the choppers could not land in bad weather on Wednesday.

Police had recovered 17 bodies scattered among the wreckage on the Soli Ghoptebhir mountain in Myagdi district, but said they decided to call off the search after heavy snowfall in the area. 

The passenger plane carrying 20 passengers and three crew crashed in the mountains while on a 20-minute flight from tourist hub Pokhara to Jomsom.

Nearly all of the passengers on the Tara Air flight were Nepalis. There were two minors on the plane, according to police, and two foreigners - one from Kuwait, the other from China.

The accident was not the first of its kind in the area.

In May 2012, a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed, killing 15 people. In May 2013, another plane crashed in the area, killing 21 people.

Last update: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 17:52
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