Dane among those killed in Nepalese plane crash

No survivors after plane crashes into mountain

A Danish citizen was among 18 people killed when an aeroplane crashed in Nepal over the weekend.

The wreck of the Nepal Airlines plane was located on Sunday night. The Nepalese authorities have since confirmed that there were no survivors from the crash.

“The plane crashed into a hill and the police found the wreckage in a village, but there were no survivors,” Bimlesh Lal Karna, the chief air traffic controller at Kathmandu's main airport, said according to Politiken newspaper.

The DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft had taken off from the airport in Pokhara on Sunday at 13:30 local time, but flight control lost contact with the pilot just 15 minutes later. It was headed towards Jumla, a city about 350 kilometres away from the capital of Kathmandu.

READ MORE: Danish couple survive plane crash in Nepal

Third crash in two years
According to the authorities investigating the crash, the Dane was the only non-local passenger on the flight, which also included Manab Sejuwal, a Nepalese politician.

It’s the third time that a DHC-6 Twin Otter has crashed in Nepal in recent years. In May 2013, 21 people were injured in a crash near the city of Jomsom, while two Danes were among the six survivors when 15 people were killed in a crash near Jomsom airport.

The Danish Foreign Ministry’s civil service, Udenrigsministeriets Borgerservice, has confirmed that there was a Dane onboard the ill-fated airplane, but wouldn’t give any further information.

“The full extent of the accident is still unclear since the authorities are still investigating the crash site,” a Borgerservice spokesperson told Politiken.




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