UK team to probe plane crash

Air accident investigators from the UK will today begin a probe to learn the cause of a plane crash in Nepal which cost the lives of 19 passengers, including seven Britons.

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Local Nepalese media recall eyewitness accounts of crash

Reports in the Nepalese media have quoted some eyewitnesses to the plane crash in Kathmandu.

The Himalayan Times, a local newspaper in the region, quoted eyewitness Ghanashyam Shrestha, a staff member of Sita Air airlines, who said that the plane had to make an emergency landing after a bird hit the aircraft at the Manohara River in Madhyapur Thimi near Jadi Buti, before catching fire.

Another eyewitness Ganesh Thapa, added: "The aircraft looked unstable while it was taking off. I thought the pilots were trying to land on the bank of the Manohara River. It caught fire as soon as it touched the ground.”

Passenger group were 'due to begin trekking today'

A spokeswoman for local travel company Sherpa Adventures said the group of passengers who died in the plane crash today had arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin trekking today.

She said they were on their way to the Khumbu area in the north east of the country, also known as the Everest region.

They were due to be trekking until October 16 and were with two Nepalese leaders.

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Nepal aircraft caught fire while making an emergency landing

Seven Britons, five Chinese, four Nepali passengers and three Nepali crew members were among the 19 people who died today when the plane crashed shortly after take-off near Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

The aircraft carrying the people, said to be Sita Air airline's twin-engine Dornier, caught fire while making an emergency landing outside Tribhuvan International Airport after reported technical glitches.

At the time of the incident, the weather was clear and the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

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