Nepal Plane Crash Kills 18

Authorities blame bad weather

A plane landing at the dangerous Lukla Airport in Nepal (Jeremy Lloyd/Thinkstock)
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A Nepal Airlines plane crashed on Sunday during a flight from Pokhara to Jumia in western Nepal. The small plane was carrying mostly Nepali passengers and one Dane when it crashed into a hillside. All 18 people on board were killed.

Nepal is no stranger to deadly aviation accidents. Since the first plane landed in the country in 1949, there have been more than 70 plane and helicopter accidents, killing more than 700 people, according to reports from BBC News.

This Sunday, officials blamed the crash of the Canadian-made Twin Otter plane on bad weather. When the aircraft took off from the resort town of Pokhara, the weather was reportedly fine, but it later worsened and disrupted contact with the small plane.

The wreckage was found in the district of Arghakhanchi, where rescue helicopters struggled to land because of the rugged terrain. A spokesman for Nepal Airlines said the plane had been refurbished in recent weeks and was in good condition.  

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