Friday, September 28, 2012

Nepal Plane Crash killing 19 people including seven Britons

Seven Britons were reportedly among 19 people killed when a small plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu.

Police say everyone on board the twin-engine propeller-driven Dornier aircraft died in the accident, also including five Chinese and seven Nepalis.

Owned by private firm Sita Air, the plane had taken off for Lukla in the Mount Everest region when it plunged into the banks of a river near Kathmandu airport.

Nepal Police spokesman Binod Singh said: "The pilots seem to have tried to land it safely on the banks of the river but unfortunately the plane caught fire."

Nepal police officer Rajan Adhikari said: "The plane was engulfed in flames when we arrived."

And Nepalese army spokesman Ramindra Chhetri said dozens of army personnel had arrived at the crash site and were battling to bring the blaze under control.

Local television channels showed dozens of soldiers and police officers picking through the smouldering wreckage of the aircraft with a large crowd of shocked bystanders watching. Read More