Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Agni Air plane crashed in Makwanpur district in Nepal

A Nepal Army team has reached the incident site in Makwanpur district in central Nepal, where the Agni Air plane crashed early Tuesday morning, and has started collecting the dead bodies.

Saroj Dhakal, chief of Central Division Headquarters, said the 35-men army team found body parts scattered elsewhere and the plane broken into pieces.

Meanwhile, following the slight improvement in weather, a Nepal Army helicopter has left the capital Kathmandu for Makwanpur to carry out rescue operation of the Agni Air.

According to the Army's Public Relations Directorate, a MI-17 helicopter, doctors and trained rescuers flew to Makwanpur, where the Lukla-bound plane, returning to Kathmandu after it could not land there due to bad weather, crashed near a local school Tuesday morning.

A total of 14 people -- six foreigners, five Nepali people and three crew members -- were feared dead in the incident.

Officials of Nepal Police, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal are also in the team. The chopper could not fly to the crash site earlier due to the inclement weather.

It is said that there is a little chance of survivors as the plane has broken into pieces and a plume of smoke is rising from the crash site.

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