Wreckage of missing plane found in Nepal, all 23 people on board killed

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Feb 24: The wreckage of a passenger plane that went missing in Nepal on Wednesday with 23 people on board has been found.

“All 23 people on board are killed,” said Nepal Tourism Minister.

The Twin-Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air went missing minutes after it took off from Pokhara airport on way to Jomsom. Pokhara is a resort town some 200 kilometres west of the capital Kathmandu. Jomsom, a short distance further north, is the starting point for many people trekking in the Himalayas.

 .There were 23 people, including three crew members, two children and two foreigners, on board, officials said. One passenger was later confirmed to be from China and another a Kuwaiti national. All the others were from Nepal and two were children.

Three helicopters were dispatched from Kathmandu for search operations and Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police personnel were mobilised for the same purpose.

The cause of the incident is yet to be known.

Since 1949 – the year the first aircraft landed in Nepal – there have been more than 70 different crashes involving planes and helicopters, in which more than 700 people have been killed. In 2013, the European Union banned all Nepalese airlines from flying there.

In 2014, a Nepal Airlines plane crashed into the side of a snow-clad mountain in the country’s west, killing 18 people.

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