Kathmandu: The bodies of 22 people who lost their lives in Tara Air crash in Sanusare, Thasang Rural Municipality -2 of Mustang on Sunday have been found.
Three crew members and 19 passengers on board the Tara Air flight from Pokhara to Jomsom had died at 9:55 a.m. on Sunday. The bodies of all the passengers were found, said Mustang Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma.
According to him, the bodies of 10 people have been sent to Kathmandu on Monday while the rest have been shifted to Kowang from the spot. After the black box was found at the accident site, the bodies and important items found along with the security personnel deployed in the rescue have also returned, said Prajia Sharma.
Preparations have been made to send the bodies of 12 people brought to Kobang to Kathmandu by a Nepal Army helicopter. The Tara Airplane was found in wreckage on Monday morning, 19 hours after it went missing.
Due to the geographical remoteness, fog, rain, and snow, it was delayed to collect the corpses and passengers’ belongings scattered at an altitude of 4,200 meters and bring them to Kowang.
Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police, Sherpas, and locals reached the spot and collected and rescued the bodies of those who lost their lives in the accident. Vishal Gharti of Badigad Gaonpalika-7 of Baglung, who had gone to pick up Yarsagumba at around 7 am on Monday, had seen the spot and informed the police.
He had sent a photo and video of the scene to the police after seeing the wreckage of the aircraft and the scattered bodies as he followed the smell of fuel.
Inquiry Commission formed to investigate
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has formed an accident investigation commission to investigate the Tara Air plane crash. The ministry has formed a five-member accident investigation commission headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman.
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