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Nepal plane crash: 10 Indians among 19 dead

Sep 25, 2011 09:24 PM IST India India
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Chennai: A plane crash in Bisankunarayan village, a few miles away from Kathmandu on Sunday has left all 19 people on board dead. Among the dead, ten passengers were Indians and eight of them were members of the Builders Association of India hailing from Trichy in Tamil Nadu.

Central board member Goutaman said, "Our Builders Association conference was taking place in New Delhi. Eight employees had gone to take part from Builders Association. After the three-day conference, they had left on a tour by a flight. We saw the news today and realised that it was the same flight. We request the state government to bring back all the dead bodies."

The tourists were returning from a sightseeing tour of Mount Everest when the accident happened. Two American tourists, a Japanese, three member crew and two Nepali citizens were among those who perished in that accident.

Air crash witness Raj Kumar said, "The plane was flying at about 200 feet (60 metres), under a very thick mist. Even in those weather conditions, we wondered why it was so low. We saw a pointed thing like a rod on the front of the plane and suddenly we heard a huge blast which made the whole village shake and the plane burst into flames in a massive fireball. Seeing this we ran."

The families of the victims have approached the Central and state government officials for help and are traveling to the capital on Monday to bring back the bodies of their loved ones.

The helpline numbers given by the Indian Embassy in Nepal: 0097714423702 and 0097714410900/extension 4109.

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