18 feared dead in NAC Twin Otter crash

Twin Otter

File photo of Nepal Airline’s Twin Otter 9N-ABB aircraft.

Eighteen people, including three crew members, are feared dead after a Twin Otter of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) crashed at Khidim of Argakhanchi district on February 16.

According to officials, fire has engulfed the aircraft and the chances of rescuing the passengers alive appear slim.

The aircraft with 9N-ABB call sign had left Pokhara Airport for Jumla at 12:43 pm. It had last contacted Bhairahawa airport at 1:13 pm. It was scheduled to reach Jumla at 1:45 pm.

Captain Shankar Shrestha, co-pilot Rabindra Banjara and air hostess Muna Maharjan were on board the ill-fated aircraft.

According to Nepal Airlines, other passengers were Manab Sejuwal, Gauri Kathayat, Tek Bahadur Mahatara, Nanda Mahatara, D Mahatara, Barsha Hamal Neupane, Uma Tamang, Dr Bikalpa Polkahrel, DP Upadhyaya, Rajendra Prasad Devkota, Dipak Shrestha, D Shahi, R Chaulagain, and Danish national M Mathiesen.

According to officials, security personnel have been mobilized for rescue operation.

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