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‘Tara Air’ accident: Bodies of all 22 people on board recovered

Kathmandu, May 31 (agency)

Bodies of all 22 people on board the Tara Air crashed in Nepal have been recovered. A total of 22 people, including four Indians, were on board the plane and it crashed in the mountainous Mustang district on Sunday, minutes after taking off from Pokhara. Nepal Army spokesperson Brigadier Narayan Silwal tweeted, ‘Last body has also been recovered. Arrangements are being made to bring the remaining 12 bodies from the accident site to Kathmandu. Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) spokesman Devchandra Lal Karn said, “Search and rescue team recovered another body today (Tuesday) morning. All 22 bodies have been recovered from the spot. “The bodies of 10 people killed in the plane crash have been brought from the spot to the base camp,” he said. Karna said, ‘Two bodies are still at the spot. The operation has been stopped due to bad weather. Those dead bodies will also be brought to the base camp as soon as the weather clears. Karna said that now all 22 people, including four Indian nationals, three crew members, have been confirmed dead in the accident.

According to the list of passengers released by the airline, four Indians were present in the plane, identified as Ashok Kumar Tripathi, his wife Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathi) and children – Dhanush Tripathi and Ritika Tripathi. The family belonged to Thane district of Maharashtra. Earlier on Monday, 10 bodies were brought to Kathmandu and their post-mortem will be done at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Maharajganj.

Tara Air’s ‘Twin Otter 9N-AET’ aircraft went missing in Nepal’s mountainous area shortly after taking off from Pokhara on Sunday morning. A total of 22 people, including four Indians, two Germans and 13 Nepalese nationals, were on board the Canadian-made aircraft. The plane was on its way from Pokhara to the famous tourist town of Jomsom in central Nepal. The government has constituted a five-member inquiry commission headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman to find out the cause of the plane crash. Pradeep Adhikari, director general of CAAN, told the meeting of the International Committee of Parliament on Monday that the preliminary investigation revealed that the plane turned right instead of turning left due to bad weather and crashed. CAAN had issued a statement on Monday saying that the plane crashed at an altitude of 14,500 feet at Thasang-2 in Mustang district. Search and rescue teams of Nepal Army, Air Dynasty, Kailash Helicopters, Fishtail Air Helicopters and other personnel were deployed at the crash site.

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