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'At least one' dead in second plane crash in Nepal in the past week

Published 26/02/2016 | 09:41

Relatives of victims of a plane crash in a remote Himalayan region of central Nepal in which 23 people were killed (AP)
Relatives of victims of a plane crash in a remote Himalayan region of central Nepal in which 23 people were killed (AP)

A small plane carrying 11 people has crashed in mountainous western Nepal - the country's second fatal air accident this week.

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Government official Padamlal Lamichane said at least one person has died, according to initial reports.

He said the plane, belonging to Kasthamandap Airlines, appeared to have technical problems and was attempting to land in a farmer's field near the top of a mountain.

It crashed near Tilkha village, about 250 miles (400km) north-west of the capital, Kathmandu.

The plane, which was carrying nine passengers and two crew members, was en route from Nepalgunj town to the mountain village of Jumla. The weather was clear along the route.

Police and army rescuers were on their way to the remote site and a helicopter was called in from Kathmandu.

The crash came two days after another plane came down in bad weather in central Nepal, killing all 23 on board, including a Chinese and a Kuwaiti.

Much of Nepal is mountainous and flying is difficult.

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