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Small plane crashes in Nepal, killing all 23 people on board

A small plane carrying 23 people crashed in the mountains of Nepal, killing all those on board, a police official has confirmed.

A Twin Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air, similar to the one pictured, crashed as it flew over Nepal Credit: Reuters

The private Tara Air flight was headed to Jomsom from Pokhara, around 80 miles from the capital, when it lost contact with the control tower. A major search operation was launched to try to locate the missing plane, but officials say they have now found the wreckage.

Speaking from the town of Myagdi, the closest town to the crash site in the mountains, police officer Bishwaraj Khadka said the Twin Otter aircraft had "broken into pieces".

"There are no survivors," he added. One Chinese and one Kuwaiti citizen were among those killed in the crash.

Officials say they believe the plane came down due to the bad weather, as thick fog had descended on the Mustang area where Jomsom is located.

Plane carrying 21 people in Nepal missing

A small plane carrying 21 people including two foreigners has gone missing in west Nepal, an airport official said on Wednesday.

A Tara Air Twin Otter aircraft similar to the one pictured has gone missing in Nepal Credit: Solundir

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jomsom when it lost contact with the control tower.

"Two helicopters are on a search-and-rescue mission," Pokhara airport official Yogendra Kunwar said. "There is no trace of the aircraft so far."

India pledges £637m extra to help Nepal recover

India has pledged an extra $1 billion (£637m) to Nepal for reconstruction works following two devastating earthquakes in the country, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has revealed.

Speaking at a donor conference also attended by China, Swaraj said the money - a quarter of which comes in the form of grants - took India's help to the neighbouring nation to $2bn (£1.3bn).


Nepal: UK orders return of unused RAF helicopters

The RAF Chinooks were sent at the start of the month. Credit: MoD/Crown copyright

The British government has ordered the return of three RAF Chinooks sent to Nepal after they were left grounded in India for two weeks.

The helicopters were sent to assist the relief effort, but the Ministry of Defence said it was "disappointed" that they would not be used to support the distribution of aid.

It added, however, that "all decisions in relation to the relief effort are ultimately for the Government of Nepal to take".

US military confirms wreckage is that of missing chopper

A US military team has confirmed that wreckage found in the mountains of Nepal is that of a missing Marine helicopter.

The US Pacific Command said the crashed UH-1Y Huey chopper was found around eight miles (13km) north of Charikot town, one of the areas worst-hit by two devastating earthquakes in the past month.

The helicopter came down in the mountains near Charikot, Nepal Credit: Reuters

Spokesman Army Major Dave Eastburn said the site was still being assessed and an investigation was underway to try to establish how the craft came down. It had been assisting in the relief operation at the time it went missing.

He did not make any comment on the fate of the six Marines and two Nepali soldiers who were on board the helicopter at the time of the crash, but officials in Nepal have said there were no survivors.

'No survivors' on crashed US helicopter in Nepal

There are no survivors on board a US Marine helicopter which crashed while delivering aid in earthquake-hit Nepal, the government's top defence official has revealed.

A UH-1Y Huey chopper, similar to the one which went missing Credit: Reuters

Six Marines and two Nepali soldiers had been on board the UH1Y Huey when it lost radio contact on Tuesday. After an intensive search operation, it was spotted in the mountains near the village of Ghorthali earlier today.

Nepal Defence Secretary Ishwori Prasad Paudyal said three charred bodies had been found in the wreckage of the craft.

The search for others is continuing. As the helicopter has broken into pieces and totally crashed there is no chance of any survivors.

– Ishwori Prasad Paudyal, Nepal Defence Secretary
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