19 killed in Nepal air crash

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 08:24 hrs

Kathmandu, Sept 28 (IBNS) At least 19 people, including nationals of Britain and China, were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu in Nepal on Friday morning.

The Dornier aircraft of Sita Airways crashed soon after it took off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at around 6-15 am.

"No one on the flight survived the crash," said an official in Nepal.

Of the dead, seven passengers were British and five were Chinese. Others were Nepal nationals, officials said, adding that no Indian was on the plane.

The small plane was bound for Lukla in Nepal´s Mount Everest region from where the trekking to the mountain starts.

Reports said the plane crashed on the bank of Manohara River on the southwest of the capital city.

The crash site is a region with dense population but if there were casualties on the ground was not immediately known.

In May this year, a small plane with mostly tourists, including Indians, had crashed in Nepal´s northern Himalayan mountain region before landing in one of the risky airports, killing at least 13.

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