Twenty-two bodies have been recovered from the plane crash

Twenty-two bodies have been recovered from a plane crash in Nepal

Nepal Plane Crash: According to rescuers, the black box was also recovered.

Kathmandu:

Twenty-two bodies have been recovered from the scene of a plane crash in Nepal’s Mustang district on Sunday morning.

According to rescuers, the black box was also recovered and brought to the base station.

Earlier, on Monday, the Nepal Army took 10 of the 21 bodies to the base station.

Teknath Situala, a spokesman for Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, said, “So far we have recovered 21 bodies. A MI-17 helicopter from Khabang has brought back 10 bodies to the base station.” And the search operation informed ANI.

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

They were operated by Air – a domestic air service provider. The turboprop plane en route from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed at an altitude of 14,500 feet at the foot of Manapathi peak in Mustang district on Sunday.

The search for the missing body continues in the Himalayas, which officials say is shrouded in thick fog that reduces visibility.

“The crash site is located at 14,500 feet, which makes the terrain extremely steep. The incessant rains and clouds have made it difficult for rescuers. Nevertheless, they are doing their best to rescue the bodies and return them to the base. Return to the station and Kathmandu,” an airport official said. Added.

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. The team will be led by Senior Aeronautical Engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Sumon.

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

CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari told a meeting of the International Committee of the Parliament on Monday that the air plane had crashed due to inclement weather.

He added: “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.”

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

Mustang is a hill station and the fifth largest district in the Himalayan nation 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”.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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