The black box of Nepal’s plane crash has been found, 12 bodies will be taken to Kathmandu

The black box of Nepal's plane crash has been found, 12 bodies will be taken to Kathmandu

Nepal plane crash: 22 dead bodies recovered (File)

Kathmandu:

The Nepal Army is preparing to bring 12 bodies to Kathmandu on Tuesday after they recovered 22 bodies from a plane crash in the country’s Mustang district on Sunday morning.

Two bodies were brought to the Khabang-Mustang base station today and a black box was also recovered from the crash site.

“The bodies are being recovered from the crash site, and 10 bodies have already been brought to the Khabang-Mustang base station. Two bodies are being unloaded at the base station, and the black box has also been recovered. Depending on the weather, the bodies will be flown to Kathmandu.” The search and rescue operation is likely to end if the weather permits, “a Nepal Army spokesman told ANI by phone.

On Monday, the Nepalese army recovered 21 bodies and took 10 bodies to the base station.

Teknath Situwala, a spokesman for Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, who is overseeing the rescue and search operation, told ANI, “Ten bodies are being brought back to the base station by an MI-17 helicopter in Khabang.”

“Despite the deployment of 50-60 rescuers, the rescue operation was very difficult due to bad weather. There are also three helicopters deployed by rescuers to rescue the bodies from the crash site at the nearest base station.” He added.

The turboprop aircraft, operated by domestic airline Tara Air on its way from Pokhara to Jomsom, crashed at an altitude of 14,500 feet at the base of Manapathi peak in Mustang district on Sunday.

The twin-engine plane, which departed from Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. Sunday (NST) for Jomsom in Mustang, lost contact shortly after takeoff and was later found at Sansure Cliff in Thasang Rural Municipality-2 in Mustang on Monday morning. The plane had a total of 22 passengers, including four Indians, two Germans and three crew members.

Shortly after the incident, the Himalayan Nation’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation issued a press statement on Monday forming a five-member panel to investigate the tragic accident, which will be led by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Sumon. The team.

A preliminary investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) found that the accident was caused by bad weather.

“Preliminary investigations have shown that the aircraft, which was supposed to take a right turn, took a left turn due to bad weather and crashed,” said Pradeep Adhikari, CAAN’s director general.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his heartfelt condolences to the victims and extended his condolences to the bereaved families via Twitter.

Mustang is a hill station and the fifth largest district in Nepal, which hosts the Muktinath Temple pilgrimage. Located in the Kali Gandaki Valley in the Himalayan region of western Nepal, the district is also known as “Land Across the Himalayas”.

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