Missing Nepal airliner found, 22 bodies recovered

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Nepalese authorities on Monday located and recovered the bodies of all 22 people aboard a plane that crashed Sunday into a Himalayan mountainside, officials said.

Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalis were on the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter plane that crashed 15 minutes after takeoff from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km west of Kathmandu.

Nepalese soldiers and rescue personnel had recovered 20 bodies from the wreckage of the plane, strewn across a steep slope at an altitude of about 14,500 feet.

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The government reported that it had set up a five-member panel to determine the cause of the crash and suggest preventive measures for the future, Reuters reported.

The plane, operated by the private company Tara Air, crashed amid cloudy weather and the wreckage was not detected until Monday morning by the Nepal Army.

The crash site is near Nepal’s border with China, in a region where Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest peak at 8,167 meters, is located.

Flight tracking website Flightradar24 said the plane first flew 43 years ago.

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