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Nepal plane crash kills all aboard

Published 17/02/2014 | 05:47

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Nepalese police officers and army soldiers inspect the wreckage of a Nepal Airlines plane that crashed at Khachikot in Argakhanchi district in western Nepal (AP)
A man consoles a relative of a passenger on the crashed Nepal Airlines plane outside Tribhuwan Domestic Airport in Katmandu (AP)
Nepalese police officers and army soldiers stand near the wreckage of a Nepal Airlines plane that crashed at Khachikot in Argakhanchi district (AP)

Rescuers have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that slammed into the side of a snow-covered mountain in Nepal, killing all 18 people on board including a child.

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Moving slowly on foot through thick snow, rescuers pulled out 13 bodies from the crash site and were scouring the area for the remains of the others.

A helicopter was able to spot the wreckage on a mountainside near Machinelek, about 160 miles west of the capital, Katmandu, a day after the Nepal Airlines Twin Otter lost contact in bad weather.

The plane was flying from Katmandu to Jumla, about 250 miles to the west, when it made an unscheduled fuel stop in the city of Pokhara, about a third of the way into the journey. Visibility was poor because of the snow, rain and fog.

Police spokesman Bam Bahadur Bhandari said the remote area was covered by snow and it took rescuers several hours to reach there by foot from the nearest town eight miles away.

Police and soldiers were trying to dig a temporary helipad for rescue helicopters to land.

The de Havilland Canada-manufactured aircraft had 15 passengers and three crew members on board. One of the passengers was believed to be a Danish national, while the rest on board, including an infant, were Nepalese. The plane was 43 years old.

In May, another plane of the same make and model operated by state-owned Nepal Airlines crashed while attempting to land at a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal, injuring all 21 people on board.

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