All 19 onboard Buddha Air flight confirmed dead


All 19 persons onboard the flight of a Buddha Air plane (9N-AEK 1900D ) that crashed at Kotdanda of Lalitpur Sunday morning have been confirmed dead.

Those killed in the crash include 10 Indians, two US nationals, one Japanese, three Nepalis along with three Nepali crew members, Buddha Air confirmed.

The identities of the Indians killed are Pankaj Mehta, Chhya Mehta, S Nagraj, I Nagraj, L Nagraj, HD Nagraj, D Talosubrisum, DP Talosubrisum, P Talosubrisum and Nagaraja Talosubrisum.

All of them hail from India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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The other three foreigners killed in the crash are Uejima Toshinori of Japan, Andre Wade and Natalie Neinan of the US.

The Nepali casualties include Niranjan Karmacharya, Sarada Karmacharya and Jagajan Karmacharya, all of whom are believed to be from Jawalakhel, Lalitpur and from the same family.

Thirty-six-year-old Niranjan was rescued alive but succumbed to his injuries while being rushed to B & B Hospital, Gwarko, for treatment.

Captain JB Tamrakar, Captain Padma Adhikari and Air Hostess Asmita Shrestha were the crew members.

The cause of the crash is believed to be adverse weather conditions.

The aircraft, which had lost its communication at 7:30 this morning with the traffic control room at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, crashed while returning from a mountain flight.

All the bodies of the eighteen dead have been airlifted to TIA in a Nepal Army helicopter and sent to Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, for autopsy.

Probe panel formed

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority Nepal has formed a three-member team, headed by former CAAN director general Rajeshraj Dali to investigate the crash.

The wreckage of the Buddha Air plane at the crashed site in Lamatar, Lalitpur.

Source: Republica

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