Kathmandu: A search operation is underway at the crash site of a Tara Air aircraft in Thasang-2 in Mustang district on Monday.
Security personnel deployed at the spot have recovered 16 dead bodies so far. The dead bodies will be airlifted to Kathmandu and will be handed over to relatives after post-mortem.
Administrative officer at the District administration Office Mustang Devendra Raj Pandey said the identity of the bodies pressed by the aircraft wreckage is being established.
The team of army and police personnel and Sherpas who reached the crash site by helicopter and the locals who reached via the land route are retrieving the bodies and searching for the missing ones. A contingent of about 100 security personnel has reached close to the crash site which is at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters from the mean sea level.
Administrative officer Pandey said sending additional security personnel and bringing the bodies back by helicopter has been difficult due to the fog cover at the crash site.
There is a plan of bringing the bodies to Kobang via helicopter after search and rescue and the retrieved bodies are identified and a police report about this is prepared. A helicopter each of the Nepal Army, Fishtail Air, and Kailash Air had been mobilized for the search, said Chief District Officer, Mustang, Netra Prasad Sharma.
An aircraft of Tara Air that went missing on Sunday morning was found crashed this morning. A team of Nepal Army and Nepal Police reached the incident site at 7:50 am, said Mustang Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma.
On Sunday morning, Tara Air’s 9N-AET twin-engine aircraft carrying 13 Nepalis, four Indians, two German nationals, and three crew members flying from Pokhara to Jomsom at 9:55 am went missing after reaching the Ghodepani area of Mustang.
Issuing a press statement, the airline company said that it was shocked to say that the wreckages of the missing plane were found at an altitude of 14,500 feet.