Nepal plane crash leaves 18 dead
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers today found the wreckage of a plane that slammed into a snow-covered mountain in Nepal and burst into flames, killing 18 people, including a child, authorities said.
Moving slowly through thick snow, rescuers walked for eight miles to the crash site. Air traffic control had lost contact with the plane on Sunday afternoon in poor visibility due to snow, rain and fog.
The state-run airline is often criticized over allegations of corruption and flying old planes. The Twin Otter that crashed Sunday was 43 years old. Last year, the European Union banned all Nepalese airlines from flying to Europe because of poor safety records.
The plane’s charred wreckage was flung across a wide area, said police official Bam Bahadur Bhandari. Some victims were identified using documents found in the wreckage, he said.