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Missing Nepal plane found, all 18 passengers killed

Published on Feb 17, 2014 4:14 PM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepalese troops on Monday recovered 18 bodies from the snow-blanketed wreckage of a plane that crashed into a hillside, the latest disaster to hit the country's internationally-blacklisted airlines.

Body parts and debris from the Nepal Airlines plane, which was carrying 15 passengers and three crew, were found scattered in a village next to the scene of Sunday's crash in the mountainous west of the country, a police official at the scene said.

Officials dug through snow that had blanketed passengers' bodies overnight in Arghakhanchi district, 226km west of the capital, local police official Kiran Khatri told AFP.

"It was horrible, we found burned body parts. Only eight people had undamaged faces," he said in a phone interview.

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