|Police personnel carry the bodies of victims to the Teaching Hospital for postmortem in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 17, 2014. After tedious efforts and much delay, the government officials and security personnel have finally brought the dead bodies of all 18 passengers who were killed in Sunday's air crash to Nepal for autopsy and identification. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)
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KATHMANDU, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- After tedious efforts and much delay, the government officials and security personnel have finally brought the dead bodies of all 18 passengers who were killed in Sunday's air crash to Nepal.
"The dead bodies have been brought in Kathmandu at 2:20 p.m. and have been taken to Teaching Hospital for autopsy and identification," Bimalesh Karna, chief of Rescue Coordination Center at Nepal's only international airport, told Xinhua.
The dead bodies were airlifted by chopper owned by Nepal Army from Sandikharkha, Arghakhachi district in remote Nepal to Kathmandu airport. The security personnel and locals had carried the corpses from the accident site to the Army barrack in Sandikharkha on foot, from where the bodies had been airlifted.
"The post mortem has now begun," added Karna.
The report of the autopsy is expected to be out by Tuesday with confirmation on the deceased' identity.
Government officials had been able to figure out the Twin Otter aircraft only on Monday morning, some 20 hours after it went missing since Sunday afternoon. None of the 18 passengers on board the aircraft survived, and the identity of only seven has been ascertained so far.
Although the government is yet to ascertain the reason behind the accident, the bad weather followed by thick fog, hail storm and rail have been initially blamed.
Police officers deployed at the crash site said the aircraft must have hit the local hill and met ill fate. The black box of the crashed airplane has also been discovered.
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