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Accidental death verdict on Nepalese air crash victims

The four men from the North West who died along with 3 others Credit: GTV

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded at the inquest into the deaths of 7 people, including four from the north west, in a plane crash in Nepal. Brothers Vincent and Darren Kelly, from Bolton, died alongside Raymond Eagle from Macclesfield, and Tim Oakes from Warrington.

The inquest heard that there was no mechanical problem with the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff at Katmandu airport, but that Nepalese Airlines had an appalling safety record. The coroner said that he would write to ABTA to recommend that travellers avoid travelling with the airline.

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Lawyer: Tourist not given information on safety records

The families' lawyer has told the court that tourists were not given information on Nepal's air safety record at booking.

Margaret McEwan, from Explore Worldwide, said it was the customer's "responsibility" and that customers were pointed to sources where they could find such information. She added: "It's reasonable to assume they would find it".

Airline 'blemish free' until crash

The tour operator behind the Nepal trip has been giving evidence to the inquest.

Margaret McEwan, from Explore Worldwide, told the coroner the firm checks suppliers like airlines.

She said Sita Air's safety record was "blemish free" until this crash.

The travel firm had been running tours to Nepal since 1991.

This trip was the first of that particular season in 2012.

Plane crash inquest: Nepalese airline using 'wrong' engine manual

In response to a lawyer representing families of the plane crash victims, who questioned the response of the pilot, the AAIB expert said the pilot was 'experienced' and different responses would have only 'increased chances' of survival.

The family lawyer asked the AAIB expert if the pilot could have aborted take-off after the bird strike. The expert responded 'Yes'.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch expert then told the inquest that the Nepalese airline was using the wrong engine manual to judge fuel and power rates for the plane.

The inquest continues.

Plane crash inquest: Airline found to be 'overloading' aircraft

Air accident investigators have continued giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of four people from the North West, killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

The AAIB team told the inquest that, had the plane not drifted, it could have landed almost immediately on the runway when the power dropped.

The lawyer representing the families of those involved asked: "It was above maximum take-off weight, correct?". The AAIB said it was 'within limits'.

The lawyer then revealed a tour operator had audited Sita Air and had found them to be 'overloading' their aircraft.

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Inquest into the deaths of Nepal plane crash victims

An inquest into the deaths of four people from the North West, who died in a plane crash in Nepal two years ago, begins today.

Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash in September 2012 Credit: AP

The Sita Air-operated Dornier 228 aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport in September 2012.

Tim Oakes from Warrington. Credit: Family handout

Brothers Vincent and Darren Kelly, from Bolton, died alongside Raymond Eagle from Macclesfield, and Tim Oakes from Warrington.

Raymond Eagle was part of a British group that arrived in Nepal Credit: Family handout

Read: UK team probe plane crash

Woman charged in Macclesfield murder investigation

A 35-year-old woman has been charged by officers investigating the murder of Zain Sailsman, found stabbed to death in Macclesfield.

Julia Howard, from Shaw Street in Macclesfield was charged with murder and perverting the course of justice. She is due to appear at Macclesfield Magistrates today.

Zain, 19, was found lying in the road in Bullocks Lane, Sutton with serious injuries on the evening of Wednesday 30th October. He was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he died a short time later.

A post mortem concluded the cause of death was due to a single stab wound.

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