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Passenger plane crashes in Nepal leaving 23 dead

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Passenger plane crashes in Nepal leaving 23 dead

The burnt-out wreckage of a passenger plane was discovered in Nepal on Wednesday, shortly after it had gone missing in the western region of Myagdi.

The aircraft, by local airline Tara Air, took off from the tourist region of Pokhara on its way to Jomsom on Wednesday morning when it lost contact with air traffic control. All 20 passengers and three crew members are said to have passed.

Jomsom is a 20-minute flight from Pokhara and popular among tourists looking to explore the Himalayas. The plane is believed to have crashed due to the lack of landing strips between the two destinations.

Nepal has suffered many fatal accidents in the past years, mainly due to inexperienced pilots, poor safety standards and lack of maintenance. In 2013 the EU banned all Nepalese airlines from flying there and the country’s aviation sector remains under constant scrutiny.

Written by: Flight-Delayed