- Title: NEPAL: Black box found after Nepal mountain air crash
- Date: 15th May 2012
- Summary: KATHMANDU, NEPAL (MAY 14, 2012) (REUTERS) ENTRANCE TO MILITARY HANGAR AT THE AIRPORT ARMY PERSONNEL WAITING HELICOPTER LANDING AMBULANCES VARIOUS OF BAGS CONTAINING BODIES OF VICTIMS BEING CARRIED TO AMBULANCES (SOUNDBITE) (Nepalese) UNIDENTIFIED RESCUER SAYING: "We have been able to recover FDR (flight data recorder); the CDR (call data recorder) will be recovered tomorrow or later." ARMY PERSONNEL CARRYING TENTS AMBULANCES TAKING BODIES OF VICTIMS TO A MORTUARY AT HOSPITAL
- Reuters ID: LVAA2CEPV0NTYHWZSKHABOGWUVG1
- Location: Nepal
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 00:02:38
- Topics: Accidents,Transport
- Story Text: At least 15 passengers and crew were killed on Monday (May 14) when a small private plane crashed trying to land at a mountain airstrip in the Mount Annapurna region.
The Dornier aircraft owned by private Agni Air company was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara to Jomsom when it crashed while landing at the mountain airstrip.
According to media reports, six survivors were taken to a hospital in Pokhara and the condition of at least one of them is critical.
Two Danish tourists were among those rescued.
Jomsom, about 125 km (79 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, is a gateway for trekking in the region where Mount Annapurna, the world's 10th highest mountain, is located.
In September last year, 19 people returning after viewing Mount Everest were killed when their plane crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu.
It was not immediately clear what caused Monday's crash.
Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest.
Tens of thousands of hikers and foreign tourists go to Mount Everest and other trekking routes to see the lofty Himalayan peaks every year.
Tourism, a key source of earning for impoverished Nepal, accounts for nearly four percent of the gross domestic product and employs tens of thousands of people.
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