Nepal plane crash kills 19

  • HT Correspondent, Kathmandu
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  • Updated: Sep 29, 2012 02:26 IST

All 16 passengers, including seven British and five Chinese tourists and three crew members, were killed in a
Dornier aircraft crash minutes after the plane took off from Kathmandu airport on Friday morning.

The twin-engine Dornier, which was on its way to Lukla, gateway to the Everest region, was hit by a bird moments after take-off at 6.15 am.

The pilot tried to bring the aircraft back to airport, but failed. Eyewitnesses say the aircraft belonging to Sita Air, a private operator, had caught fire before hitting the ground near the banks of the Manohara River in Bhaktapur town, close to the airport.

This is the second air crash this year in Nepal. In May, 15 people including 13 Indian tourists were killed when a Dornier aircraft crashed into a hill near Jomsom airport in north-central Nepal.

"Soon after the aircraft took off, the controller on the ground asked the pilot about unusual manoeuvering and he had mentioned being hit by a bird," said Tribhuwan International Airport general manager Ratish Chandra Lal Suman.

 

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