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It’s plane to see, Nepal is the world’s riskiest place for flying


It’s plane to see, Nepal is the world’s riskiest place for flying

A plane carrying 22 people crashed in the Himalayan mountains on Sunday, the 10th fatal crash in as many years

Anurag Kotoky and Bibhudatta Pradhan

Flying is notoriously risky in Nepal, the picturesque Himalayan nation that’s a favourite with adventurous tourists and mountaineers. On Sunday, the country suffered its 10th deadly plane crash in as many years. 

A 43-year-old twin-engined aircraft operated by Tara Air and carrying 22 people lost contact after taking off from Pokhara — a lakeside tourist mecca nestled below the Annapurna mountain range — for a short flight to the trekking base of Jomsom. The wreckage of the plane was found on Monday on a mountainside and 14 bodies have been recovered, according to Nepalese authorities. 

A search involving about 60 rescuers is ongoing in bad weather and difficult terrain, Deo Chandra Lal Karn, a spokesperson for the civil aviation ministry, said. The plane was carrying 13 Nepali passengers, four Indians, two Germans and three crew...

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