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Plane crashes kill 15 in Nepal

08-24-2010 13:07 BJT

KATHMANDU, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A small plane of Agni Air has crashed in Makwanpur district, southwest of Kathmandu, in central Nepal early Tuesday morning, killing 15 people, local media reported.

The file photo taken on Dec. 3, 2009 shows a plane of Agni air parking at the Lukla airport, east of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. A small plane of Agni Air has crashed in Makwanpur district, southwest of Kathmandu, in central Nepal early Tuesday morning, killing 15 people, local media reported. The exact cause of the accident is not known, but officials suspect bad weather could have led to the crash.(Xinhua/Bimal Gutam)
The file photo taken on Dec. 3, 2009 shows a plane of Agni air parking at the 
Lukla airport, east of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. A small plane of Agni Air 
has crashed in Makwanpur district, southwest of Kathmandu, in central Nepal 
early Tuesday morning, killing 15 people, local media reported. The exact 
cause of the accident is not known, but officials suspect bad weather could 
have led to the crash.(Xinhua/Bimal Gutam)

Media reports said the Dornier plane was carrying 15 people including the crew members, and was returning to the capital from Lukla near Mt. Everest (also called Qomolangma).

The exact cause of the accident is not known, but officials suspect bad weather could have led to the crash.

According to preliminary information, there were 12 passengers and three crew members on the plane.

Locals of Makawanpur told Kantipur FM radio that the plane crashed into a field in Shikharpur village, southwest of Kathmandu.

"The plane remains broken into pieces in the field right next to a school building," Pratap Lama, a local said. "The human bodies also remain in pieces."

He added, "There was no big noise or any fire that we noticed before the crash."

The weather of Kathmandu Valley had worsened in the wee hours of Tuesday, with torrential rains lashing and thick clouds and fogs blanketing the surrounding hills -- clearly affecting the visibility for flights.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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