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Agni aircraft crashes in Jomson, killing 15 (updated)

POKHARA:  Fifteen people died and six were injured when a Dornier plane of Agni Air crashed near Jomsom Airport when it was making its flight to Jomsom from Pokhara.

Preparations are underway to bring the injured to Pokhara for treatment, according to Civil Aviation Authority, Nepal.

It is said that 18 foreigners including 16 Indian nationals and three crew members were in the plane. Identity of the deceased has to be ascertained yet.

An emergency meeting is now being held at the Tribhuvan International Airport on the coordination of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar for the rescue of the injured.

Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Ganesh Raj Joshi, who is attending the meeting, said that a helicopter of the Nepal Army has already been sent to the incident site to carry out rescue of the injured.

Similarly, helicopter of Simrik Air and a plane of Tara Air have also been mobilized for the rescue.

Joshi said that the plane might have been crashed after colliding with a hill while taking a round for landing at the Jomsom Airport.

It is known that rescue work is being difficult due to strong winds blowing at the Airport. RSS
KATHMANDU: An aircraft belonging Agni Airlines crashed in the hills of Marpha VDC, of Jomsom on Monday morning killing 15 and injuring 7 passengers including the crew members.

The 7 injured have been flown to Pokhara for treatment by Simrik Air’s chopper and Tara Air’s aircraft.

21 passengers including 18 foreign tourist and 3 crew members were traveling abroad the ill fated aircraft heading to Jomsom from Pokhara confirmed sources.

Of the survivors, two are Danish citizens, three are Indian nationals and another is air hostess Roshani Haiju.

The deceased have been identified as Pilot Prabhu Sharan Pathak and Co-pilot JD Maharjan. Identity of others is not confirmed yet.

Published Date: Sunday, May 13th, 2012 | 08:18 PM

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