“I unfortunately received confirmation that everyone on board the Tara Air plane has died,” Prime Minister of Naples Sher Bahadur Deuba said on social media on Monday afternoon. He also sent his condolences to his relatives, reports the Times of India.
The wreckage of the plane was found on Monday morning, and rescue workers found several bodies. Of those on board, two came from Germany and 13 from Nepal, as well as the crew of three Nepalese.
The plane was scheduled to travel on a normal tourist route when it disappeared shortly after takeoff on Sunday morning. Bad weather and lack of visibility hampered the search, but on Monday morning local time, the military announced that the wreckage of the ill-fated plane had been found at the foot of the mountain.
The air traffic control tower lost contact with the plane shortly after it took off from Pokhara, 200 km west of the capital, Kathmandu. Then she was on her way to the mountain village of Jomsom, about 20 minutes away by plane and a popular destination for hikers.
Aviation tourism in Nepal has expanded significantly in recent years and climbers and hikers fly to places that are difficult to reach on foot.
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