Plane with 21 crashes in Nepal 15 persons reported dead

By: admin
Updated: 13 May 2012 11:37 PM

Kathmandu: A plane carrying 21 people crashed on Monday
while trying to land at a mountain airstrip in Nepal's northern Himalayas,
police said. At least 15 people are reported to be dead.

Six survivors were reported, police official Nareswor Aryal said. Police
said the plane crashed while trying to land at Jomsom Airport.

Sixteen people are Indian and two passengers are Westerners, he said. The
plane was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom, Mustang.

The injured people were taken to a local hospital, said Aryal, who is
posted at Jomsom town.

The Jomsom Airport is a gateway to a popular tourist and trekking
destination. It is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of the
capital, Katmandu.

The Dornier aircraft belonged to the local Agni Air company.

List of Indians on Agni Air flight 9N AIG:
As given by Agni Air
flight manifest:
1. Mr K. Mamanya
2. Mr S.K. Arora
3. Mr M.
4. Mrs M. Arora
5. Ms R. Handa
6. Mr K. Arora
7. Ms
T. Sachdev
8. Ms G. Sachdev
9. Mr Sanaim Sudhar
10. Mr G.
11. Mr Kidambi Tirumala
12. Ms Latha Echambade
13. Mr
Sreeva Kidambi Tirumala
14. Ms Sreepada Kidambi Tirumala
15. Mr
16. Mrs Kumar

Confusion over nationalities of passengers
When contacted,
Indian Embassy officials said they were trying to collect the details as
there was some confusion over the nationalities of the passengers on board
the ill-fated plane.

passengers had chartered the flight to take them from the central tourist
hub of Pokhara to Muktinath, a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists at
the foot of the Thorong La Himalayan mountain pass, an official said.

Agni Air marketing manager Pramod Pandey said two Danish nationals were
among the passengers, although their condition was not known.

"It's not that much difficulty to land at the Jomsom airport. We are using
experienced pilots over there. So, this pilot who flying this aircraft has
a lot of flying hours," he added.

A control room/information centre has been set up in the Indian Embassy,
Kathmandu.  Following are the phone numbers of the information centre:

00-977-1-4410900, extn. 4109
extn. 4109

- with agency inputs

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