The bodies of 22 people, including four Indians, killed in the plane crash in Nepal’s mountainous Mustang district on Sunday have been flown to Kathmandu where the remains would be handed over to their families after Tuesday’s autopsy.
The Canadian-built Twin Otter 9N-AET turboprop plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 13 Nepalese passengers, in addition to a Nepalese crew of three when it crashed minutes after taking off from the tourist town from Pokhara, officials said.
Rescuers recovered 21 bodies from the wreckage site of the plane belonging to Tara Air on Monday. On Tuesday, the last body was also recovered from the wreckage site.
According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) General Manager, Prem Nath Thakur, the bodies of 10 victims were brought in on Monday evening and the bodies of the remaining 12 were brought here by a Nepalese army helicopter on Tuesday.
All bodies were sent to Tribhuvan University Hospital for post-mortem examinations. The bodies will be handed over to the families of the victims after the autopsy, the official said.
The government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry led by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman to find out the cause of the Tara Air plane crash, officials said.
According to a preliminary investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), bad weather was the cause of the plane crash.
The plane’s black box was also recovered by a team of experienced international and national mountain guides from the crash site on Tuesday and it will be transported to Kathmandu.
The black box, also known as the cockpit voice recorder, records radio transmissions and other sounds in the cockpit, such as conversations between pilots and engine sounds.
Modern aircraft have two black boxes which include the flight data recorder which records over 80 different types of information such as speed, altitude and direction, as well as pilot actions and performance of important systems .
The black box could offer vital clues to the accident in which all 22 people on board were killed.
Due to geographical remoteness and adverse weather conditions, the search and recovery mission was delayed. The plane was found scattered at an altitude of 4,200 meters, a four-hour uphill walk from the center of the Thasang village municipality.
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