Plane crashes in Nepal; foreigners among 14 dead

KATMANDU, Nepal — A small passenger plane heading to the Mount Everest region crashed in heavy rain outside Nepal's capital, killing all 14 people aboard, including four Americans, a Briton and a Japanese national, officials said.
The private Agni Air plane went down Tuesday near Shikharpur village, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Katmandu, area police chief Ram Bahadur Shrestha said.
The German-built Dornier turboprop airplane was carrying 11 passengers and three crew members. It was headed to Lukla — a popular stop for trekkers and mountaineers — when cloud cover there forced it to turn back to the capital.
Ram Bahadur Gole, a villager who witnessed the accident, told Avenues Television network that the crash impact broke the plane into several pieces that were scattered on a hillside.
Tri Ratna Manandhar of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal confirmed there were no survivors. Manandhar said there were four Americans, one Briton and one Japanese aboard, while the remaining passengers and crew were Nepalese.
Agni Air said the foreigners were tourists.
The Americans have been identified as Irina Shekhets, 30, Leuzi Cardoso, 49, Heather Finch, 40, and Kendra Fallon, 18. The Japanese passenger was Yuki Hayashe, 19, and British, Jeremy Taylor, 30.