〒180-0006 東京都武蔵野市中町2-3-5 IIHA武蔵野1階
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Nepal plane crash: Rescuers find 21 bodies from wreck
The Tara Airlines plane, which was on a 15-minute scheduled flight to the mountain town of Jomsom, took off from Pokhara, 200km east of Kathmandu, Nepal lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff on May 29. Onboard the aircraft were 19 passengers and three crew members. The wreckage of the aircraft was found on a mountainside the day after. It is a popular route with foreign hikers who trek on the mountain trails, and also with Indian and Nepalese pilgrims who visit the revered Muktinath temple. In fact, two of the passengers onboard were Germans and four were Indians. The cause of the accident is being investigated but the visibility was so poor when the crash occurred. The popular route has a record of multiple air accidents.
In 2012, an Agni Air plane also flying from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed, killing 15 people. Six people survived.
In 2014, a Nepal Airlines plane flying from Pokhara to Jumla crashed, killing all 18 on board.
In 2016, a Tara Airlines Twin Otter flying the same route crashed after takeoff, killing all 23 people aboard.
Maybe travel websites should show the safety record of the route when they sell tickets.
Read the article and learn about another air accident on this popular mountain route in Nepal.