Sita Air plane crash kills seven Britons and five Chinese

Sita Air plane crash kills seven Britons and five Chinese

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An aircraft of Sita Air crashed on September 28, 2012 in the morning hours in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. The police has informed that the plane crash has claimed lives of five Chinese and seven Britons.

Binod Singh, a Nepal police spokesperson said, “The plane crash in the capital has caused death of 12 foreigners, including seven British and five Chinese tourists. The remaining seven, including three crew members, are Nepalese”. The aircraft had just taken off from Kathmandu airport and was heading towards a small town of Lukla, which is a gateway to Everest.

But then the aircraft dived in to a river on the outskirts of the city. Singh added, “All 19 passengers of the Sita Air plane have died. The accident site is less than one kilometre (half a mile) from the airport”. The spokesperson also said that the pilots might have tried to land the plane safely by the banks of the river but failed to do so.

The plane also had three local crew and plunged in to the Manohara river early in the morning. Several army men have arrived at the crashed site and are trying to douse the fire. One of the eye witnesses said that he had seen the plane crashing which caught fire while the passengers were heard screaming.

Photo Credits: AFP