The largest piece of wreckage found was less than 15ft long, said an official at the rescue operation centre at Kathmandu airport. He said the troops, who reached the wreckage after a 10-hour trek, found only two charred bodies and were still searching.
Nepalese and airline officials speculated that the crash, 22 miles north-west of Kathmandu airport, was caused by a technical problem which the pilot reported moments before he lost contact with the control tower. No details were available.
The death toll in the crash of a Chinese airliner at Nanjing airport on Friday has risen to 109. An infant was reported among the 17 survivors. No explanation has yet been given on what caused the aircraft, a Soviet-made Yakovlev-42, to crash on take-off.Reuse content