Photo taken on Sept. 28, 2012 shows the plane crash site in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nineteen passengers including three crew members killed after the Dornier Aircraft 9N-AHA of Sita Air crashed just a kilometer far from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu Friday morning. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)
KATHMANDU, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Nineteen people were dead including five Chinese after the Dorneir Aircraft 9N-AHA of Sita Air crashed at the bank of Manohara River near Kathmandu International Airport (TIA) on Friday morning.
Rishikesh Sharma, Flight Operation Director (FOD) at the Tribhuvan International Airport confirmed that five Chinese killed in the crash include Mr. Wu-Hui, Qian-Mingwu and three women Wu- Lin, Wang-Jhihua and Yang-Chen.
There are altogether 16 passengers and three crew members of the Sita Air aboard.
Among the dead there were seven British citizens but their identities were yet to confirm, four Nepalese and three crew members.
Identification of the deceased is difficult to conduct as the bodies are completely burnt down.
The dead bodies are currently kept at the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj for autopsies.
According to Sharma, the flight caught with fire after it struck with an eagle while it was taking its height.
Naryan Bastakoti, Deputy Inspector General of Nepal Police at TIA said the flight fell down to the ground at 6:20 am local time after the flight lost control at 6:18 am.
"The pilots seem to have tried to land it safely on the banks of the river but unfortunately the plane caught fire when fell on the ground," said Bastakoti.
DIG Bastakoti said the flight took off at 6:15 am this morning and within a few minutes the flight all of sudden fell down to the ground.
The Sita Air was on its way for mountain flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu. The crew members died in the crashes include pilot Bijaya Tandukar, co-pilot Takeshi Thapa and air hostess Ruja Shakya.
Aviation accidents involving small aircrafts are common in mountainous Nepal. On May, 15 people have been killed when a plane trying to land crashed in the north of the country.
KATHMANDU, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Friday said that the preliminary investigations and facts of the last communications with the crew members of Sita Aircraft showed that the plane crashed after it was struck by a bird (eagle).
The plane took off at 6:17 a.m. local time from the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), its last communication with air traffic controller said that the plane was struck by a bird and lost control, said Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, General Manager of CAAN in his press release. Full story