Another plane crashes in Nepal

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 February 2016: Two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash landed in Nepal on Friday but all nine passengers survived, an airport official said.

It is not clear what caused the accident, which came two days after a Tara Air Twin Otter turboprop plane crashed into a mountainside in Nepal killing all 23 people on board.

A spokesman for the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu confirmed that a rescue team had confirmed all the passengers survived. A helicopter was used to airlift the injured for treatment.

inside no 8The plane had landed “in a flat area” but appeared to have sustained a major impact at the front, where the pilots were sitting.

The Kasthamandap Air plane was carrying nine passengers and two pilots when it took off from an airport in the town of Nepalgunj, 300 kilometres (187 miles) west of Kathmandu.

It was headed for Jumla, a remote area in the mountainous far west of the country where road access is poor.

Air travel is popular in Nepal, which has only a limited road network. Many communities, particularly in the mountains and hills, are accessible only on foot or by air.

The country, which is still reeling from a devastating earthquake last April, has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry.

The most recent was a week ago when a Tara Air plane took off from Pokhara and crashed in a nearby mountain range.

The European Union blacklisted all Nepal’s airlines in 2013.

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