The wr’eckage of a plane that disappeared in Nepal was found Monday scattered on a mountainside and 14 of the 22 people on board were confirmed de’ad, the army said.
Rescuers recovered 14 bo’dies from the cr’ash site, said Teknath Sitaula of Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, the capital. There was no word on surv’ivors, and the search of the cr’ash site was continuing.
Aerial photos of the crash site showed aircraft parts scattered on rocks and moss on the side of a mountain gorge.
The Tara Air turboprop Twin Otter lost contact with the airport tower Sunday while flying in an area of deep river gorges and mountaintops on a 20-minute flight.
The army said the plane cra’shed in Sanosware in Mustang district close to the mountain town of Jomsom, where it was heading after taking off from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 miles west of Kathmandu.
According to tracking data from flightradar24.com, the 43-year-old aircraft took off from Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. (12:10 a.m. ET) and transmitted its last signal at 10:07 a.m. (12:22 a.m. ET) at an altitude of 12,825 feet.
Four Indians and two Germans were on the plane. The three crew members and other passengers were Nepali nationals.
The plane’s destination is popular with foreign hikers who trek the mountain trails and also with Indian and Nepalese pilgrims who visit the revered Muktinath temple.
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