Plane crash in northern Nepal kills 21 people

Agni Air Dornier Do228 similar to the crashed plane

A plane carrying 21 people has crashed while trying to land at an airport in the north of Nepal, leaving 15 dead.

Police say that six survivors are being treated at a hospital in the city of Pokhara. Many of the dead and injured are Indian nationals.

The Agni Air plane hit a hillside as it tried to land at Jomsom airport, a hub for trekkers and religious pilgrims.

Aviation accidents involving small aircraft are not uncommon in mountainous Nepal.

The Dornier aircraft was carrying 18 passengers and three crew members, and had been travelling to Jomsom from the city of Pokhara.

Officials say they are investigating the cause of the crash, which happened soon after the pilot abandoned efforts to land at Jomsom because of strong winds and was about to fly back to Pokhara.

Thirteen Indian passengers and two Nepali pilots were killed in the crash, Jomsom police official Basanta Ranjit said.

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Taking off from Jomsom Airport (JOM)

If you think that is hair raising…

Try doing it from Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA)

That’s a 700 metre drop into the valley below at the end of the runway. LUA is considered the No. 1 extreme airport in the world.

Busy little place, isn’t it?