Seven British trekkers among 19 killed in Nepal plane crash en route to Everest
"Nepal plane crash" "Nepal Aeroplane clash" "Sita Air plane crash" "Sita Air" "Lukla" "Italian Trekkers" "Italian Trekkers dead" "Italian Trekkers dies" "Mount Everest" "Kathmandu" "Manohara River" "Tribhuvan International Airport" "Bijaya Tandukar" "Takeshi Thapa" "air hostess" "Ruja Shakya" Seven Brits are believed to be among 19 people killed when a plane crashed on its way to the Everest region in Nepal today. The twin-engine plane, operated by domestic carrier Sita Air, came down minutes after take-off near the Manohara River on the southwest edge of Katmandu. Weather conditions were described as clear and the cause of the crash is not yet known. Thirteen people, including five Chinese, were foreigners, while three passengers and the three crew members were from Nepal, said Katmandu airport chief Narayan Bastakoti. He said all on board are thought to have died. A police spokesman said: 'The pilots seem to have tried to land it safely on the banks of the river, but unfortunately the plane caught fire.' Firefighters brought the fire in the wreckage under control and police rescuers were trying to pull out the bodies, Bastakoti said. The plane was heading for Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest. Thousands of Westerners head to the region around the world's highest peak every year for trekking trips. Autumn is considered the best time to trek the foothills of the Himalayan peaks. The crash follows an avalanche on another Nepal peak Sunday that killed seven foreign <b>...</b>
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