The Nepalese military said on Tuesday it had recovered the last bodies from the wreckage of an Air Force plane that crashed in Nepal’s mountainous Mustang district on Sunday, just minutes after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara.
A day after rescuers recovered 21 bodies from the wreckage of a Tara Air plane that crashed in the mountainous Mustang district on Sunday, Nepalese authorities resumed their search on Tuesday to retrieve the last bodies.
Nepal Army spokesman Brigadier General Narayan Silval tweeted, “The last body has been recovered. Arrangements are being made to bring the remaining 12 bodies from the crash site to Kathmandu.”
As of Monday night, rescuers had recovered 21 bodies from the crash site, according to a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
According to officials, they have resumed their search for the last body.
The Turboprop Twin Otter 9N-ET plane went missing in the mountains of Nepal on Sunday morning.
The Canadian-built plane, which flew from Pokhara to Jomsom, a popular tourist destination in central Nepal, had four Indian, two German and 13 Nepali passengers in addition to the three-member Nepali crew.
Ten bodies have been brought to Kathmandu, while 11 bodies have been taken to the base camp from where rescue operations are being coordinated, CAAN said Monday. President Vidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have expressed their condolences over the deaths of crew members and passengers in the plane crash.
The government has formed a five-member commission headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Sumon to probe the cause of the crash.
A preliminary investigation has revealed that the plane crashed into a mountain after turning right instead of turning left due to inclement weather, CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari told a meeting of the International Committee of Parliament on Monday.
On Monday, CAAN said in a statement that the plane crashed at an altitude of 14,500 feet in Thasang-2, Mustang district.
Search and rescue teams from the Nepal Army, Air Dynasty, Kailash Helicopters and Fistel Air Helicopters and other rescue workers were deployed at the crash site.
The airline’s passenger list identified four Indians as Ashok Kumar Tripathi, his wife Baibhavi Bandekar (Tripathi) and their children Dhanush and Ritwika. The family was in Thane, near Mumbai.
Pictures posted on social media sites show the plane’s tail and one wing intact.
Eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Nepal and Everest, have a record of plane crashes.
In 2016, a plane of the same airline flying on the same route crashed after takeoff, killing all 23 people on board.
In March 2018, a US-Bangla Air crash at Tribhuvan International Airport killed 51 passengers.
A Sita Air flight crashed during an emergency landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in September 2012, killing 19 people.
A plane en route from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed near Jomsom Airport on May 14, 2012, killing 15 people.
According to the airline’s website, they are the newest and largest airline in the mountains of Nepal.
It started its business in 2009 with the aim of supporting the development of rural Nepal.
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