21 bodies found, one missing

Twenty-one bodies have been found on the slope of a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal as a plane was found on Sunday with 22 people on board in the Himalayas in Nepal, the military announced Monday, May 30.

Twenty-one bodies were recovered and the teams are searching for the last body.The Nepalese army’s spokesman, Narayan Silwal, told AFP the day after the Tara Air twin-engine plane accident. “Ten bodies have been taken down and efforts are being made to return them to Kathmandu. Rescue teams are working to bring the other bodies closer to the helicopter“, Locate.

“Accident” at an altitude of more than 4000 meters

According to Pradeep Gauchan, a local official, the wreck is located at an altitude of about 3800-4000 meters above sea level. “It is very difficult to get there on foot. A team was dropped off near the area by helicopter, but the weather is cloudy at the moment, so flights were not possible.Guchan told AFP. “Helicopters are on standby, waiting for the clouds to dissipate“, he added. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that the aircraft “Had an accidentAt an altitude of 4,420 meters in the Sanossuer district of Thasang Rural Municipality in the Mustang District. It did not give details of the reason.

The Twin Otter plane took off from Pokhara (central western Nepal) at 9:55 am (0410 GMT), the second largest city in the country, 200 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu, before losing radio communication. . He was heading to Jomsom, a popular hiking area in the Himalayas, a 20-minute flight from Pokhara. A photo posted by Nepal Army spokesman Narayan Silwal on Twitter showed plane wreckage scattered on the side of a mountain. Registration number 9N-AET was clearly visible on what appeared to be a piece of the wing. According to the Aviation Safety Network website, the plane was built by Canadian company De Havilland and first flew over 40 years ago in 1979.

A grim aviation safety record

The search operations had resumed Monday morning after stopping on Sunday at nightfall. Dev Raj Subedi, a spokesman for Pokhara Airport, said the search tracked GPS signals, mobile phones and satellites to the crash site. Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, a private domestic airline serving many remote areas of Nepal. Nepalese aviation has flourished in recent years, transporting tourists, pedestrians, and mountaineers, as well as cargo, to remote and hard-to-reach places by road.

Nepal, a poor country in the Himalayas, has a dismal flight safety record due to insufficient pilot training and maintenance. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from accessing its airspace for security reasons. The country also has some of the most dangerous trails in the world, located in the middle of snow-capped peaks. In March 2018, a US Bangladesh Airlines plane crashed near Kathmandu airport, killing 51 people. The following year, three people were killed when a plane failed to take off and collided with two helicopters.

The accident took place at Lukla Airport, the gateway to Everest, which is famous for being one of the airports in the world where landing and taking off are among the most complicated. The deadliest accident dates back to 1992: 167 people were killed on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane near Kathmandu airport. Two months ago, a Thai Airways plane crashed in the same area, killing 113 people. In May, Nepal’s second international airport opened in Bhairahawa, allowing pilgrims from all over Asia to travel to Buddha’s birthplace of nearby Lumbini. This project, with a cost of $76 million, would make it possible to empty Kathmandu International Airport.


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