Monday, May 14, 2012

Nepal: 15 Killed In Mountain Plane Crash

A plane has crashed into a mountain in the Himalayas while trying to land at an airport in northern Nepal, killing 15 people and critically injuring six.

Police spokesman Binod Singh said the Agni Air plane crashed with 21 people on board near Jomsom, a popular area for trekkers near the Annapurna mountain range.

Mr Singh said there were six survivors, including two children, who had been rescued.

Laxmi Raj Sharma, chief government administrator in the area, said the survivors were flown to the nearby city of Pokhara for treatment.

Police official Nareswor Aryal said the plane was carrying two pilots and a flight attendant - all Nepalese - along with 16 Indians and two Westerners.

He could not immediately say where the Westerners were from.

Authorities said initial investigations showed the plane might have suffered technical problems.

Prime minister Baburam Bhattarai issued a statement expressing condolences at the deaths of the 15 people. Read More