Inexperienced pilots, poor management and unenforced rules are seen as some of the causes of the frequent air crashes in Nepal. There have been six deadly accidents in just over two years.
Here is a chronology:
- September 28, 2012: A plane flying 19 people towards Mount Everest comes down in flames on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital Friday, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said.
- May 14, 2012: At least 15 people die when an Agni Air plane carrying Indian pilgrims crashes near the treacherous high-altitude airport of Jomsom in northern Nepal, while six make a miraculous escape.
- October 18, 2011: All six people on board die when a military plane crashes in a hunting reserve after taking off from Nepalgunj city in southwestern Nepal. The plane was transporting a critically ill soldier back to Kathmandu.
- September 25, 2011: A small plane taking tourists on a sightseeing trip around Mount Everest crashes into a hillside near Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board.
- December 15, 2010: All 22 passengers and crew on board a passenger plane that crashes in eastern Nepal are killed. Most of victims are pilgrims from Bhutan, one US citizen is also among the dead.
- August 24, 2010: A small Agni Air plane crashes in bad weather near Kathmandu, killing all 14 people on board including four Americans, a Japanese and a British national.