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Nepal police find plane wreckage, no survivors: Official

Published on Feb 17, 2014 11:14 AM
Nepalese residents stand near the domestic terminal building, after a domestic plane crashed in the north-west of the Kathmandu valley, in Kathmandu on Feb 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepalese police on Monday found the wreckage of a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people in the country's mountainous west but there were no survivors, an aviation official said.

"The plane crashed into a hill, police have found its wreckage in a village, but no survivors," said Bimlesh Lal Karna, chief air traffic controller at the country's largest airport in Kathmandu.

The plane carrying 15 passengers including an infant and three crew lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after taking off from the popular tourist town of Pokhara Sunday afternoon, airline officials and police said.

The aircraft from the state-run carrier was travelling to the town of Jumla, 353km west of Kathmandu, when air traffic controllers lost contact.

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