Kathmandu: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has blamed bad weather in Nepal for a plane crash that killed 22 people, including four Indians. The plane crashed in a mountainous area in Nepal’s Mustang district. The Canadian-made turboprop twin Otter plane went missing within minutes of taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara on Sunday morning.
The plane was carrying three crew members, four Indians, two Germans and 13 Nepali passengers. The government has appointed a five-member commission of inquiry headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratheesh Chandralal Suman to find out the cause of the accident.
CAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari told a meeting of Parliament’s International Committee on Monday that a preliminary investigation had found that the plane had crashed into a mountain instead of turning left due to bad weather. The wreckage was found Monday morning at Sanusare rock in Mustang district. The crash site was about eight nautical miles from Jomsom Airport. Rescuers have found the bodies of 21 people in the accident.
Former CAAN director general Rajkumar Chhetri said the accident was not due to the age of the aircraft but to adverse weather conditions.