Kathmandu: All 19
people, mostly Indian tourists, were killed early Sunday after a
small place carrying them crashed close to capital city Kathmandu.
Rescuers had managed to bring out a lone survivor alive from the
wreck site while 18 bodies had been recovered, police said.
However, the survivor, identified as Nepal's Nirajan Karmacharya,
36, died while receiving medical treatment.
The small aircraft, belonging to domestic airline Buddha Air, was
flying mostly tourists on a mountain flight in northern Nepal when
it crashed in Kotdanda in Lalitpur district, close to Kathmandu.
It was carrying 16 passengers -- 10 Indians, three Nepalis and
three foreigners. Eight of the Indians were said to be from Tamil
The three-member crew comprised of Captain J.V. Tamrakar, co-pilot
Padma Adhikari and air-hostess Ashmita Adhikari.
Two other passengers had been identified as Nepal's Jagan
Karmacharya and Sharada Karmacharya.
The aircraft flew around 7 a.m. from Kathmandu and went out of
contact half an hour later.
Initial reports said the crash could have occurred due to bad
weather and poor visibility.
An army aircraft rushed to the spot to help in the rescue
operations. The aircraft lay devastated, scattered in pieces along
with the dead bodies.
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