October 8, 2008

Sixteen Foreigners Among 18 Killed in Nepal Plane Crash – Website

Text of report by privately-owned Nepalnews.com website on 8 October

A Yeti Airlines Twin Otter has crashed on final approach at the Tenzing-Hillary airport, Lukla, killing at least 18 people, mostly foreign nationals, Wednesday morning [8 October].

According to officials at the Tribhuvan International Airport and the airline company, only one crew member, the pilot - Suraj Kuwar, survived the tragic accident and has been flown to Kathmandu for medical treatment.

The Twin Otter that took off from Kathmandu crashed on final approach to Lukla airport at around 7.30 a.m.

Fourteen German nationals, two Australians and two Nepalis (male co-pilot - Bikash Panta and female air hostess - Sajina Shrestha) have been killed.

The aircraft caught fire after it crash-landed on the sloping airstrip. Local residents and security forces put off the fire in two hours. The plane is completely burnt and has slipped 50 m from the crash point.

The cause of incident is not known but it is reported the incident took place due to bad weather conditions.

The airport, about 250 km east of Kathmandu, is the gateway to the Everest region used by thousands of trekkers and mountaineers this season.

Originally published by Nepalnews.com website, Kathmandu, in English 08 Oct 08.

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