Nepal plane crash kills all 23 on board

A Tara Twin-Otter plane with 23 people, including three crew members and two children, on board, reportedly crashed in Myagdi district in western Nepal on Wednesday morning. All those aboard, including two foreigners, were confirmed dead. Police official said that yesterdays' Nepal plane crash is the country's second air disaster in as many years.

Nepal Plane Crash Kills All 23 on Board

The Twin Otter plane was supposed to be in the air for only 19 minutes after it took off around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday from the city of Pokhara heading to the town of Jomsom. It vanished after 11 minutes, said Pavan Gautam, an air traffic controller at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Soon after, Myagdi district residents saw flames shooting up from a forest and called security officials, Nepali Tourism and Aviation Minister Ananda Pokharel said. It didn't take long for arriving authorities to spot the plane's wreckage. They're now trying to figure out the reason why  Nepal plane crash happened.

Nepal Plane Crash Kills All 23 on Board

“The wreckage of the plane was found in a completely burnt state in Solighopte in Myagdi district,” Pokharel said. “The team there say that the bodies are scattered and it is not possible to identify anyone right now.” Helicopters and foot soldiers searched Myagdi, a mountainous district about 160 miles west of Kathmandu, after locals reported seeing wreckage.

"We are working to assist the families and friends of the passengers and crew," Tara Air said on its website. "We cannot undo the pain and grief they feel, but we can share their burden of dealing with this tragedy."

Nepal Plane Crash Kills All 23 on Board

Weather conditions were good when the plane took off for Jomsom, a popular trekking destination in the Himalayas about 20 minutes’ flight from Pokhara, the airline said. Aviation expert Kunda Dixit said the area where the plane went down is prone to very strong winds. “Most flights in the area fly before 9:30 a.m. because very strong winds pick up after that,” he said. “It is very strange because it is a brand-new plane and the weather was clear in the morning. The pilot is very experienced and focused on safety, I flew with him only 10 days ago.”

The country’s aviation sector has been criticized by international authorities, and in 2013 the European Union blacklisted all of Nepal’s airlines.