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Nepal crash: Fourteen bodies found after plane carrying 22 passengers disappears

This handout photo released by Fishtail Air shows the wreckage of an airplane in a gorge in Sanosware in Mustang district near the mountain town of Jomsom, west of Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday May 30, 2022. The wreckage of an airplane with 22 people who Those who disappeared in the mountains of Nepal were found scattered on a mountainside on Monday, the army said. There was no word about survivors. (fishtail air via AP)

Parts of the plane were found scattered at a site in Mustang, Nepal (Image: AP)

14 bodies were reportedly found after a plane crash in the mountains of Nepal.

The first picture of the wreckage was released this morning by the country’s army after the plane went missing on Sunday.

Parts of the aircraft are seen scattered across the site in Sanosware, Mustang, after a mass search was temporarily halted overnight due to bad weather and lack of light.

The Nepal Army and Police have recovered the bodies of 14 people and are still at the scene searching the rubble.

Tek Raj Sitaula, a spokesman for Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, said: “The search for others continues.”

There were 19 passengers and three crew members on board, including 13 Nepalese nationals, four Indians and two Germans.

The Tara Air plane was on a 20-minute scheduled flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 miles west of Kathmandu, to the mountain town of Jomsom.

She lost contact with the airport tower five minutes before landing on the route popular with foreign trekkers as well as Indian and Nepalese pilgrims.

It had rained in the area for a few days, but flights operated normally.

This handout photo released by Fishtail Air shows the wreckage of an airplane in a gorge in Sanosware in Mustang district near the mountain town of Jomsom, west of Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday May 30, 2022. The wreckage of an airplane with 22 people who Those who disappeared in the mountains of Nepal were found scattered on a mountainside on Monday, the army said. There was no word about survivors. (fishtail air via AP)

Rescue workers are still looking for eight people (Image: AP)

TOPSHOT - Family members and relatives of passengers aboard the Twin Otter plane operated by Tara Air weep in front of the airport in Pokhara on May 29, 2022. - A passenger plane with 22 people on board went missing in Nepal on May 29, the airline and officials said, as bad weather hampered a search operation. (Photo by Yunish Gurung/AFP) (Photo by YUNISH GURUNG/AFP via Getty Images)

Family members and loved ones of passengers aboard the Tara Air-operated Twin Otter plane cry outside Pokhara Airport (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The plane was found at about 14,500 feet while investigators were still searching a ravine between two mountains.

Home to some of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest, Nepal has a long history of aviation accidents.

In 2016, a Tara Air Twin Otter flying the same route crashed after takeoff, killing all 23 people on board.

In 2012, an Agni Air plane also flying from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed, killing 15 people. Six people survived.

In 2014, a Nepal Airlines plane crashed en route from Pokhara to Jumla, killing all 18 on board.

In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board.

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