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14, include 6 foreigners killed in air crash

All 14 passengers of a single-engine aircraft including six foreigners were killed when it crashed at a remote location south of capital Kathmandu today morning.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2010 20:39 IST
Utpal Parashar

All 14 passengers of a single-engine aircraft including six foreigners were killed when it crashed at a remote location south of capital Kathmandu on Tuesday morning.

The aircraft, a Dorneir 9N-AHE belonging to Agni Air, was on its way back to Kathmandu after it failed to land at Lukla when it lost contact and crashed at Shikharpur in Makwanpur district.

The plane was carrying 11 passengers and 3 crew members.

The deceased include pilot Lakshman Prakash Bikram Shah, co-pilot Sophia Singh and air-hostess Sarah Sherpa. The five Nepali passengers who died are Prakash Amgain, P. Bhote, P. Sherpa, K. Rai and Ishwor Rijal.

The foreigners in the crashed aircraft are Heather Finch, Kendra Dominique Fallon, Levzi Cardoso, Irina Shekhets (all from US), Jeremy Taylor (British) and Yuki Hayashi (Japanese).

According to reports, parts of the plane, which was engulfed in flames after it crashed, were scattered over a large area located nearly 9,000 feet above sea level.

Initial reports suggest that technical problems coupled with heavy rain could be possible reasons for the crash.

"We are busy in rescue efforts and can’t give any information about the crash," an Agni Air official told HT.

The charred remains of the victims of the crash retrieved by search and rescue teams were brought to Kathmandu in the evening by a chartered chopper.

The Nepal government has formed a five member committee to probe the reasons for the accident. It will submit its report within 65 days.

Two years ago 18 persons including dozen Germans were killed when an aircraft on way to Lukla crashed during landing in inclement weather.