21 bodies recovered after plane crash in Nepalese mountains

The bodies of 21 people aboard a plane that crashed into a Himalayan mountainside in Nepal have been recovered, authorities said on Monday.

Tara Air’s turboprop Twin Otter crashed Sunday during a 20-minute scheduled flight from Pokhara to Jomsom after losing contact with an airport tower under cloudy skies while flying in a remote hilly area dotted with river gorges and rugged mountain peaks.

The video showed rescuers recovering some of the bodies from the crash site on a mountainside in Nepal’s Mustang district.

Part of the passenger plane’s wreckage teetered on the edge of a mountain peak as authorities tried to assess the damage and locate the victims, footage showed.

The plane was carrying 19 passengers and 3 crew members when it lost contact with an airport tower just minutes into the flight. Four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalese were on board, Reuters reported.

Bad weather on Monday hampered the rescue operation, which was led by the Nepalese army.

“There is little chance of finding survivors,” said Nepal Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Deo Chandra.

The bodies of 21 people were recovered after a Tara Air plane crashed into the Himalayan mountainside in Nepal on May 29, 2022.
The bodies of 21 people were recovered after a Tara Air plane crashed into the Himalayan mountainside in Nepal on May 29, 2022.
Photo by MAN BAHADUR BASYAL/Nepal Police/AFP via Getty Images
The aircraft carried 19 passengers and 3 crew members for the 20-minute scheduled flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Nepal.
The aircraft carried 19 passengers and 3 crew members for the 20-minute scheduled flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Nepal.
Fishtail Air Pvt Ltd Captain Nikalas Fjellgren/Handout via REUTERS
Rescuers walk through the wreckage of the plane at the crash site on May 30, 2022.
Rescuers walk through the wreckage of the plane at the crash site on May 30, 2022.
Photo by MAN BAHADUR BASYAL/Nepal Police/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities searched for the remaining person on the plane on Monday, said Kathmandu airport spokesman Tek Nat Situala.

The plane’s wreckage was strewn down a steep slope at an altitude of about 14,500 feet. Nepalese authorities have set up a five-person panel to determine what caused the fatal crash, Reuters reported.

“There are very strong thought clouds in the area,” said Netra Prasad Sharma, a senior bureaucrat in Mustang district.

According to the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority, there is little chance of finding survivors of the crash.
According to the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority, there is little chance of finding survivors of the crash.
Photo by BISHAL MAGAR/AFP via Getty Images
Family members of Tara Air passengers mourn at the airport in Pokhara on May 30, 2022.
Family members of Tara Air passengers mourn at the airport in Pokhara on May 30, 2022.
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A relative of the plane’s co-pilot Utsav Pokhrel, 25, said he was among the dead.

“I’m waiting for my son’s body,” Maniram Pokhrel told Reuters.

The search for the plane was suspended late Sunday in poor weather and darkness, Nepalese authorities said.

With postal wires

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