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    Breaking news: A plane carrying 19 passengers and crew has crashed in Nepal

    A plane carrying 19 passengers and crew has crashed in Nepal, close to Mount Everest killing everyone on board. Reports suggest that seven Britains and five Chinese are among the dead.












    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/p.../1/222539.html

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    A passenger jet carrying 19 people, mainly foreigners, towards an airport in the shadow of Mount Everest crashed Friday on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, police said, killing everyone on board.
    The Sita Air craft had just taken off from Kathmandu airport and was headed to the small town of Lukla, a gateway to Everest, when it plunged towards a river on the outskirts of the city.

    “All 19 passengers of the Sita Air plane have died. The accident site is less than one kilometre (half a mile) from the airport,” said Nepal Police spokesman Binod Singh.

    “The pilots seem to have tried to land it safely on the banks of the river but unfortunately the plane caught fire.”

    Singh said the plane, carrying mainly foreigners and three local crew, plunged into the banks of the Manohara river early in he morning.

    “There are four Nepalis among the dead, apart from the crew. The majority of the dead are foreigners from Western countries,” he said.

    Dozens of army personnel had arrived at the crash site, said Nepalese army spokesman Ramindra Chhetri, and were battling to bring the blaze under control.

    “I was just walking and saw a plane landing. It was caught in fire and I even heard people inside the plane screaming,” a witness told Kantipur Television.

    Another witness said he saw half burned bodies near the crash site, a slum settlement.

    Nepal has a poor road network and large numbers of tourists, pilgrims and professional climbers often rely on the country’s 16 domestic airlines and 49 airports to reach remote areas.

    The latest fatal crash in Nepal — the sixth in less than two years — could potentially lead to new scrutiny of the country’s numerous small airlines, which provide vital links to remote parts of the country.

    Aircraft and pilots often have to contend with bad weather and difficult landing strips in the Himalayan nation.

    In another recent accident in Nepal, a small Agni Air plane taking tourists to a treacherous high-altitude airport near the Annapurna mountain region ploughed into the ground, killing 15 people on board.

    In September last year a small plane taking tourists on a sightseeing trip around Everest crashed into a hillside near the Nepalese Kathmandu, also killing all 19 people on board.

    The Buddha Air Beechcraft plane, carrying 10 Indians, two Americans, one Japanese citizen and three local passengers, came down in heavy rain and fog at Godavari, about 10 kilometres from the capital.
    Nepal plane crash kills all 19 on board - Khaleej Times

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    I have taken this flight. (Actually I took a helicopter to Lukla, and a light aircraft back to Kathmandu).

    This accident took place at Kathmandu - but actually the far more dangerous airport is Lukla - with a uphill angled runway on the slopes of a mountain.

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    Imagine that, you've just gone up and down Everest, then you have to risk your life all over again



    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    The latest fatal crash in Nepal — the sixth in less than two years

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    Tragic - I imagine the passengers were mostly quite young en route to trek sites. There's often a lot of early morning fog around Kathmandu. I took a Twin Otter plane with Yeti Air to Lukla once. Scariest flight imaginable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Ghost_Of_The_Moog View Post
    I have taken this flight. (Actually I took a helicopter to Lukla, and a light aircraft back to Kathmandu).

    This accident took place at Kathmandu - but actually the far more dangerous airport is Lukla - with a uphill angled runway on the slopes of a mountain.


    Scary as hell. Looks like this pilot has a TomTom borrowed off a mate's car. Still safer than going by road in Nepal. Sheer drops off badly made roads down thousands of feet - probably bigger drops than falling out of the plane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Imagine that, you've just gone up and down Everest, then you have to risk your life all over again
    Thats right
    (actually though these poor people never even got to the trailhead to begin their hike).

    I took the flight in May 1996 - it was when a lot of people died on Everest itself.
    I was at the base camp area.

    I would not take the Lukla flight again knowing how dangerous it is. It is possible to walk in. However, you are walking against the grain of the land to get to Lukla from Kathmandu- so its up and down steep slopes. There is no road to Lukla.

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    The dangers of flights in Nepal pale in comparison to the dangers of riding a motorbike or crossing the road in Thailand.

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    ^ or anywhere in the world....

    What makes you single out Thailand ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ or anywhere in the world....

    What makes you single out Thailand ?

    OK if it makes you feel better Indonesia The point is life is not safe. Anywhere.

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    No, i was thinking, if the UK had as many motorcyclists compared to Thailand or Vietnam say, i bet the fatalities would increase an enormous amount and the death rate would be higher than both those countries, when you factor in the snow, ice and persistent rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    No, i was thinking, if the UK had as many motorcyclists compared to Thailand or Vietnam say, i bet the fatalities would increase an enormous amount and the death rate would be higher than both those countries, when you factor in the snow, ice and persistent rain
    Hmm don't think so as driver education is better. As each of us only rides one bike the risk is higher in Asia.

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