14 dead in Nepal plane crash

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The plane lost contact with the control tower five minutes before it was due to land at Jomsom
KATHMANDU
Rescue workers in Nepal have so far recovered 14 bodies from the crash site of a small plane carrying 22 people that went down in a remote region, an airport official said on Monday.
“The search for others is continuing,” said Tek Raj Sitaula, a spokesman for the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
A plane operated by a private airline in Nepal went missing on Sunday with 22 people on board, officials told Reuters, saying cloudy weather was preventing search helicopters from flying into the area of the flight’s last known location.
The Tara Air plane took off from the tourist town of Pokhara, some 125 km (80 miles) west of capital Kathmandu, headed towards Jomsom, about 80 km to the northwest, the officials said. Tara Air mainly flies Canadian-built Twin Otter turboprop planes.
“One search helicopter returned to Jomsom due to bad weather without locating the plane,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement.
“Helicopters are ready to take off for search from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom once weather conditions improve. Army and police search teams have left towards the site.”
The airline said the plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis, including three crew. Seven of the passengers were women, it said.
The plane lost contact with the control tower five minutes before it was due to land at Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site, an airline official said on condition of anonymity.
The country’s weather office said there had been thick cloud cover in the Pokhara-Jomson area since the morning.