Nepal plane crash: At least one dead after aircraft carrying 11 people crash lands in mountains two days after another disaster

The accident came after another plane crash killed 23 people in Nepal

Lizzie Dearden
Friday 26 February 2016 09:33 GMT
The plane crash landed in a remote mountainous region of Nepal
The plane crash landed in a remote mountainous region of Nepal

A plane with 11 people on board has crashed in Nepal just two days after another air disaster killed all 23 passengers and crew on another flight.

Officials said the aircraft disappeared in mountains in the western Chilkhaya region, which borders the Himalayas.

Padamlal Lamichane, a government spokesperson, said at least one person had died, while unconfirmed local reports claimed the two pilots were feared dead.

Wreckage of Twin Otter plane, operated by private Tara Air, is pictured after it crashed due to bad weather, in Myagdi, Nepal, February 24, 2016.

He said the plane belonging to Kasthamandap Airlines appeared to have crashed while trying to land in a field near the top of a mountain after suffering technical difficulties.

The single engine 9N-AJB aircraft took off on a scheduled flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla at 12:16pm local time, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Eyewitnesses told the newspaper that the plane went into a steep descent and crashed nose-down.

The remote area is at least four hours' trek from the nearest major town. Police and army rescue teams were on their way to the site and helicopters were called in from Kathmandu and other cities.

Officials initially said eight people were on the plane but revised the figure on Friday morning.

The tragedy came two days after another plane crashed in bad weather on Wednesday, killing everyone on board including two foreigners from China and Kuwait, and two children.

The Twin Otter aircraft operated by Nepal’s Tara airlines had taken off from Pokhara, a resort town 125 miles west of Kathmandu, and was heading north to Jomsom, the starting point for trekkers heading into the mountains.

Rescuers found the burning wreckage on a mountainside near the village of Rupshe after several hours of helicopter searches.

Additional reporting by AP

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