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Air accident in Nepal: plane found crashed

Wreckage on a mountain ridge, 16 bodies recovered

The wreckage of the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 twin-engine plane (registration 9N-AET) belonging to the Tara Air company, which disappeared from radar yesterday in Nepal, has been found in these hours. The remains of the aircraft are in an area called Sanosware, near Thasang village in Mustang region. The remains of 16 passengers out of a total of 22 people on board have also been identified, according to reports.

It was reported by the French news agency "Afp", which cites Nepalese Army sources. The flight had taken off from Pokhara airport at 9:55 am local time and was due to land at 10:20 am in Jomsom, a popular Himalayan trekking destination not far from the capital Kathmandu. Witnesses saw the plane in the skies over Jomsom, just before heading to Mount Dhaulagiri; after which the trail was lost.

The airline had raised the alarm. Two helicopters immediately took to the air to conduct search and rescue operations, but encountering difficulties related to poor visibility; then in the last few hours the discovery of the wreckage of the missing plane. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency