The 22 bodies were found at the site of the Tara plane crash which happened on Sunday morning in Mustang district of Nepal.
According to the rescuers, the black box has also been recovered and is bringing it to the base station.
Earlier on Monday, out of 21 bodies recovered, the Nepal Army took 10 bodies to the base station.
“So far, we have recovered 21 dead bodies. 10 bodies are being brought back to the base station with the help of an Mi-17 helicopter in Khabang,” said Teknath Situala, spokesperson for the international airport of Khabang. Tribhuwan in Kathmandu, who oversaw the rescue. and search operation said ANI.
“Due to the poor weather conditions, the rescue operation was very difficult, even with 50 to 60 rescuers deployed. Three helicopters are also stationed and have been engaged to recover bodies located by rescuers from the crash site to the nearby base station,” he added further.
Operated by Tara Air, a domestic air service provider, the turboprop plane en route to Jomsom from Pokhara crashed at an altitude of 14,500ft at the base of Manapathi peak in Mustang district on Sunday.
The search operation for the missing body continues in the Himalayas which officials say is engulfed in a thick blanket of fog reducing visibility.
“The crash site is located at 14,500 feet, making the terrain extremely rough. Constant rain and clouds created difficulties for the rescuers. Despite this, they are doing their best to recover the bodies and transport them to the base station and back to Kathmandu,” an airport official added.
The twin-otter plane, which took off from Pokhara for Jomsom in Mustang at 9:55 a.m. (NST) on Sunday, lost contact shortly after takeoff and was later found at Sansure Cliff of the Rural Municipality of Thasang- 2 at Mustang on Monday morning. A total of 22 passengers, including four Indians, two Germans and three crew members, were on board the plane.
Shortly after the incident, the Himalayan Nation’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation issued a press release on Monday regarding the formation of a five-member panel to investigate the tragic accident. . stating that Senior Aeronautical Engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman would lead the team.
A preliminary investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) showed that the accident may have taken place due to bad weather conditions.
RCAS chief executive Pradeep Adhikari told a meeting of the Parliament’s International Committee on Monday that the Tara Air plane suffered the crash due to bad weather.
“Preliminary investigation showed that the aircraft which should have turned right instead turned left due to bad weather and crashed,” he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba paid his heartfelt respects to the deceased and expressed his condolences to the bereaved families via Twitter.
Mustang is one of the mountainous districts and the fifth largest in the Himalayan nation that hosts the Muktinath temple pilgrimage. The district, also known as the “Land beyond the Himalayas”, is located in the Kali Gandaki valley of the western Himalayan region of Nepal.
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