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Friday 24 January 2020

Nepal plane crash injures tourists

Rescuers and other people stand near the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Nepal (AP)
Rescuers and other people stand near the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Nepal (AP)
Rescuers carry the injured pilot of the state-owned Nepal Airlines plane that crashed (AP)
A Japanese tourist who was injured in the Nepal plane crash is airlifted to hospital (AP)

A plane crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal, injuring all 21 people on board.

Four of the injured are in critical condition, police officer Bhim Bahadur Chand said. No one was killed.

Nine passengers are Japanese tourists, and the three crew members and the other passengers are all Nepali.

The plane belonging to state-owned Nepal Airlines was trying to land at Jomsom airport, some 125 miles north west of Katmandu, when it crashed on the banks of Kaligandaki river.

The injured were rushed to the local hospital, and those with serious injuries are being airlifted to nearby Pokhara town for treatment.

The area is popular with foreign trekkers visiting the Mount Annapurna area and Hindu pilgrims visiting the revered Muktinath temple.

Fifteen people were killed last May when a plane crashed while attempting to land at the same airport.

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