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Wreckage of missing Nepal plane found

24 Feb 2016 | By Gaurav

Rescuers in western Nepal have found the wreckage of the passenger plane which went missing with 23 people on board.

Officials say that based on the wreckage, the chances of finding survivors were slim.

Sanjiv Gautam, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, said the plane's wreckage was found near the village of Dana in Myagdi district.

In context: Nepal's air disasters

Nepal has poor air safety record

Since 2010, Nepal has had a minimum of one air crash per year. The UK, in its regional travel advisories warns citizens to avoid traveling by air domestically in Nepal.

Dec 2010Tara Air plane crashes, killing 22

A Tara Air Twin Otter, flying from Lamidanda to Kathmandu with 19 passengers and 3 crew, lost radio contact with ATC about 5 minutes after departure from Lamidanda.

The wreckage of the aircraft was found the next day at an altitude of approximately 2700 meters/8850 feet at which the airplane had crashed into a mountain.

The crash was blamed on pilot error.

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May 2012Agni Air crash leaves 15 dead

An Agni Air plane flying from Pokhara to Jomsom airport crashed, after a failed go-around near Jomsom Airport in Nepal on 14 May.

The crash killed 15 of the 21 passengers and crew, including both pilots.

The aircraft attempted to land at Jomson, but the first attempt was aborted by the pilots.

During the second attempt, the wings impacted a hill, causing the crah.

May 2013Jomsom crash leaves 22 injured

An aircraft carrying 21 people crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip, some 200 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu.

The plane's brakes failed while landing at the Jomsom airport in Mustang district, and skidded into the Kali Gandaki river.

All 22 people aboard, including the crew survived with injuries.

The Twin Otter aircraft was traveling from Pokhara to Jomsom.

Feb 2014Nepal Airlines crash kills 18

A passenger aircraft flying from Kathmandu to Jumla crashed killing all 18 people on board.

According to reports the plane made an unscheduled fuelling stop in the city of Pokhara after which the accident took place.

Officials blamed climatic conditions for the crash and stated that an investigation would be conducted.

Nepal Airlines stated that the plane was air-worthy and had no technical problems.

Nepal's air carriers banned in EU

All the carriers that operate out of Nepal, including the state run Nepal Airlines have been banned from operating the European Union due to poor safety standards.
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24 Feb 2015Nepal: Plane goes missing out of Pokhra

A Twin Otter aircraft operated by Tara Air went missing in Nepal on 24 February with 21 people on board.

Officials feared that the plane had crashed as it lost contact with the radio tower of Pokhra Airport shortly after takeoff.

The plane was enroute to Jomson a town which is popular for trekkers and for pilgrimages to the Muktinath temple.

Who were the passengers?

There were 18 passengers aboard the aircraft including two foreigners, and three crew members on board. One of the foreigners was from China and another a Kuwaiti national. Two of the passengers were children.

24 Feb 2016Wreckage of missing Nepal plane found

26 Feb 2016Bodies of Nepal crash victims recovered

Emergency workers have found the bodies of all 23 passengers and crew killed when their plane crashed into a mountainside in western Nepal.

The police and army returned to the crash site at first light after abandoning recovery efforts due to bad weather.

Nepal Army spokesman Tara Bahadur Karki said the bodies will be taken by helicopter to the airport in Pokhara.

26 Feb 2016Chartered plane crashes in Nepal

Two pilots were killed after a small passenger plane crash landed in Nepal.

The Kasthamandap Air plane was carrying nine passengers and two pilots when it took off from Nepalgunj to Jumla.

All passengers are said to have survived, and helicopters have been dispatched to air lift the injured to hospital.

Officials said it was not yet clear as to what caused the accident.