Tara Air aircraft crash: 12 more dead bodies airlifted to Kathmandu

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Kathmandu: Dead bodies of all 22 people who were killed in a Tara Air aircraft crash in Thasang Rural Municipality-2, Sanosare of Mustang district have been airlifted to Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon.

According to General Manager at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Premnath Thakur, 10 dead bodies were brought on Sunday and remaining 12 were airlifted today through a helicopter of Nepal Army.

The bodies will be handed over to relatives after an autopsy at the Maharajgunj-based TU Teaching Hospital.

The Twin Otter aircraft with call sign 9-NAET had taken off for Jomsom, Mustang from Pokhara at 9:55 am and it was reported out of contact at 10:07 am. The wreckage of the plane was located on Monday morning, 19 hours after the plane went missing.

Chief District Officer (CDO) of Mustang, Netra Prasad Adhikari said the bodies of all the people on board the plane- 16 Nepalis, four Indians, and two German nationals – have been sent to Kathmandu.

It took much time to collect the bodies and their belongings lying scattered on a cliff face at an altitude of 4,200 meters from the sea level due to the difficult terrain, fog cover, and frequent snow and rain. Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force, and Nepal Police personnel, Sherpas, and locals had reached the crash site and collected the mortal remains of the victims.