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Plane crash kills 15 in northwestern Nepal

05-14-2012 16:13 BJT

KATHMANDU, May 14 (Xinhua) -- A plane belonging to Agni Air crashed Monday morning in Jomsom in northwestern Nepal, killing 15 while 6 others surviving the crash, Nepal Army confirmed.

Reports suggest that the plane crashed after it slammed into a hill close to Jomsom near Mount Annapurna.

Ramindra Chettri, Nepal Army spokesperson, told Xinhua that 15 bodies have been recovered and six people who were rescued are undergoing treatment at hospital in Pokhara.

"A Nepal Army MI-17 helicopter has flown to the crash site to bring the bodies to the capital," Chettri said.

He added that there were 3 crew members and 18 foreign passengers including 16 Indians on board.

The Jomsom Airport, about 200 km northwest of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, is a gateway to a popular tourist and trekking destination along with pilgrimage for the Hindus.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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