Plane crash in Nepal kills all 23 passengers

Nepal finds missing plane broken into pieces, no survivors reported

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Twin Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air is pictured at Tenzing Hillary Airport, in Lukla, approximately 2800 meters above sea level, in Solukhumbu district, Nepal, in this file picture taken April 25, 2014.

The wreckage of a passenger plane that went missing in Nepal with 23 passengers on board has been found, the aviation minister said.

The police said all of 23 passengers on board are killed in the accident.

"It has broken into pieces," police officer Bishwaraj Khadka told Reuters from Myagdi, the town nearest the crash site.

"There are no survivors."

A Chinese national and a Kuwaiti citizen were among the dead.

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air was on a flight from Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jomsom when it lost contact with the control tower.

"The wreckage of the plane was found in a completely burnt state in Solighopte in Myagdi district," Aananda Prasad Pokharel reported AFP.

Officials said thick fog had enveloped the Mustang area where Jomsom is located. Mustang is a popular hiking area on the Mount Annapurna trekking circuit.

TRTWorld and agencies