A Dornier 228-200 aircraft crashed in Nepal on May 14, killing 15 people, including two crewmembers, authorities say.
The aircraft, owned by the private Agni Air company, was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara to Jomsom when it crashed while attempting to land at the mountain airstrip at around 9:45 a.m. local time, according to a Nepal government official.
“Among those killed are 13 Indians and two Nepalis,” Kathmandu airport official Mahesh Shrestha was quoted by local media as saying.
Six survivors were taken to a hospital in Pokhara, and the condition of at least one of them is critical, he says.
Two Danish tourists were among those who survived. Jomsom airport, about 125 km (79 mi.) northwest of Kathmandu, is a gateway for trekking in the region where Mount Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain, is located.
Last September, 19 people returning from viewing Mount Everest were killed when their aircraft crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu, the capital.
According to reports, Agni Air, which began operations in March 2006 with one Dornier Do-228 aircraft, now has six airplanes: three Dornier-228s built in Germany and three Jetstream-41s built in Britain.
On Aug. 24, 2010, a 15-seat Dornier flying toward the Everest region with 11 passengers, including four American women, experienced equipment failure and crashed in a remote village near the Kathmandu valley.