Passenger plane crashes in central Nepal, killing all 23 on board

A passenger plane carrying 23 people crashed in the mountains of central Nepal on Wednesday, killing everyone on board, police said.

Burnt wreckage and bodies were found on Soli Ghoptebhir mountain in Myagdi district, according to police officer Bishwa Raj Khadka.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

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

The Tara Air plane was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom with 20 passengers and three crew members on board.

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.

Jomsom is located in the mountains of central Nepal. Only small planes fly to the destination from the tourist town of Pokhara.

Last update: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 10:11

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