Kathmandu: A small aircraft crashed near here this morning, killing all 19 people on board, but the grief and anxiety of the victims’ families was compounded after they were handed out incorrect names of Indian passengers.
A much expected trip to Nepal for a glance of the majestic Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, up close from air led 10 Indian tourists along with 9 other fliers into the jaws of death as the Beech aircraft, belonging to Buddha Airlines, crashed in Kotdanda, a forested area in Lalitpur district concerning 20 km away from Kathmandu.
The identification was made on the basis of identity cards and other documents after Nepal’s aviation authorities had prior released a set of different names.
Though rescuers managed to bring out a lone survivor from the wreck site, the fatally injured 36-year-old Nepali man died whereas receiving medical treatment at Lalitpur’s B&B Hospital.
Preliminary reports said that the crash, which took place minutes before landing, could have takes place due to bad weather and poor visibility.
Locals, army and armed policemen undertook the hurting task of gathering the bodies and bringing them back to Kathmandu for post-mortem.