Small plane with foreign tourists crashes in Nepal

September 25, 2011 07:42

KATHMANDU - A small plane with 19 people on board, most of them foreign tourists returning from a trip to view Mount Everest, crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu on Sunday, government officials said.

Kathmandu Airport officials said there were 16 passengers and a crew of three on board the plane. There was no official word whether there were any survivors.

The Beech aircraft owned by Buddha Air, a private airline, was flying to Kathmandu from a mountain flight to Everest.

"The plane was returning to Kathmandu from a mountain flight when it crashed," an official at the Kathmandu airport Rescue Coordination Centre, who refused to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said.

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