The bodies of 22 people, including four Indians killed in a plane crash in Nepal’s mountainous Mustang district on Sunday, have been brought to Kathmandu, where they will be handed over to their families after an autopsy on Tuesday.
The Canadian-built turboprop Twin Otter 9N-ET crashed just minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, carrying four Indian, two German and 13 Nepali passengers, in addition to a three-member Nepali crew, officials said.
On Monday, rescuers recovered 21 bodies from the wreckage of an Air Force plane. The last body was recovered from the rubble on Tuesday.
According to Prem Nath Tagore, general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the bodies of 10 people were brought here on Monday evening and the bodies of the remaining 12 were brought here on Tuesday in a Nepal Army helicopter.
All the bodies have been sent to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for autopsy. The body will be handed over to the families of the victims after the autopsy, the official said.
The government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Sumon to find out the cause of the plane crash, officials said.
According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), bad weather was the cause of the crash.
A team of experienced international and national mountain guides rescued the plane’s black box from the crash site on Tuesday and it will be flown to Kathmandu.
The black box, also known as the cockpit voice recorder, records radio transmissions in the cockpit and other sounds such as conversations between pilots and engine sounds.
The modern plane has two black boxes containing a flight data recorder that records more than 80 different types of data such as speed, altitude and direction, as well as pilot action and critical system performance.
The black box could provide important clues about the accident where 22 people on board died.
Search and rescue operations were delayed due to geographical distance and inclement weather. The plane was found scattered at an altitude of 4,200 meters, a four-hour ascent and descent from the center of Thasang Village Municipality.
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