All 22 bodies have been recovered from the site of the Tara plane crash that took place in Nepal’s Mustang district on Sunday morning. According to rescuers, the black box has also been recovered and is being brought to the base station. Earlier on Monday, out of the 21 bodies recovered, the Nepalese Army took 10 bodies to the base station. Talking to ANI about the search operation, Teknath Situala, spokesperson of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said, “So far we have recovered 21 bodies”.
He said that 10 bodies have been taken back to the base station in Khabang with the help of Mi-17 helicopters. “The rescue operation was very difficult due to bad weather, even 50-60 rescue teams have been deployed. Three helicopters are also deployed which are engaged in evacuating the bodies located by the rescue teams from the accident site to the nearby base station. ” An airport official said that a turboprop plane from Pokhara to Jomsom, operated by Tara Air, crashed at an altitude of 14,500 feet on Manapati peak in Mustang district on Sunday.
Giving information about the incident, the official said, “The accident site is located at 14,500 feet, this area is very sloping. Incessant rain and clouds have created problems for the rescue teams. Despite this, they We are trying our best to retrieve the bodies and take them to the base,” the plane which took off from Pokhara for Jomsom in Mustang lost contact soon after takeoff at 9:55 am (NST) on Sunday. A total of 22 passengers were on board the plane, including four Indians, two Germans and three crew members.
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Preliminary investigations conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) revealed that the accident may have been caused by bad weather. CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari further said, “Preliminary investigation has revealed that the aircraft which was supposed to turn right, took a left turn due to bad weather and crashed.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba condoled the dead. Tributes were paid and condolences to the bereaved families. Mustang is one of the fifth largest districts of Nepal.
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