Date
24 January 2017
All the 23 people aboard the Tara Air turboprop plane were believed killed in the crash. Photo: Reuters
All the 23 people aboard the Tara Air turboprop plane were believed killed in the crash. Photo: Reuters

HK tourist among 23 killed in Nepal plane crash

A 42-year-old Hong Kong tourist was among the 23 people who died when a turboprop aircraft crashed in the mountains in Nepal on Wednesday morning.

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, took off from Pokhara, a popular tourist destination about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, at 7:50 a.m. and was bound for Jomsom, which is the starting point for many trekkers, Apple Daily reported.

Hong Kong’s Immigration Department identified the fatality from Hong Kong as Mak Siu-ying, who lived on Hong Kong Island and traveled with her Nepalese friend Gurung Devi Jang, who also died in the crash.

The aircraft lost contact 18 minutes after it left the ground for the 35-minute trip.

Suspecting something went wrong, the Nepalese military sent three helicopters soon after to help look for the plane in the mountainous area where it went missing and finally found the wreckage that was still on fire in a jungle on a steep hill in Myagdi, northwest of Pokhara.

Scorched bodies were found at the site while parts of the plane were scattered in a 200-meter radius.

It was confirmed that there were 23 people on board, including 18 locals, two foreigners from Hong Kong and Kuwait, and three crew members.

It was the second serious air accident in Nepal since February 2014 when a small plane crashed in the northern part of the country and killed 18 people.

The European Union has banned all of Nepal’s airlines from entering its airspace since 2013.

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