Plane wreckage found in Nepal mountains; 21 bodies recovered

Kathmandu, May 30 (BNA) Rescuers searching a mountain slope in Nepal on Monday retrieved the bodies of 21 of the 22 people on board a plane that crashed the day before, officials said.

Tek Nath Sitaula, a spokesman for Kathmandu airport, said the search was continuing for the remaining person.

Rescue efforts were delayed because some bodies were suspended under the wreckage. Rescue workers working with their hands had difficulty moving the metal debris around.

Aerial images of the crash site showed aircraft parts scattered on rocks and algae on the side of a mountain gorge, according to the Associated Press.

The Tara Air Turoprop Twin Otter lost contact with the airport’s tower on Sunday while flying a scheduled 20-minute flight through the region’s deep river gorges and mountaintops.

Tara Aviation said four Indians and two Germans were on board. It added that the three crew members and the other passengers were Nepalese.

The German news agency (dpa) reported that the Germans are a man and a woman from the western state of Hesse.

Local news reports said the passengers included two Nepalese families, one with four and the other with seven.

The military said the plane crashed in Sanusauer in the Mustang district near the mountainous town of Jomsom as it was heading after taking off from Pokhara resort, 200 km west of Kathmandu.

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