Explore Worldwide, the Hampshire-based adventure travel company, has confirmed that seven people who were involved in the plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal, were clients of the company.
Their tour guide, a local Nepalese, was also onboard.
We are devastated by this news. Our thoughts are very much with the families of those affected, both in the UK and in Nepal. We are sending a senior manager out to Nepal today; she will arrive first thing tomorrow morning.
The basic facts are that SITA Air operates scheduled flights and is approved by airline authorities. The weather was good. The plane was departing for Lukla and our passengers were heading for Everest Base Camp at the start of their trek.
We have no more information at present. The next of kin of all involved have been contacted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
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