Plane wreckage, no survivors, found in Nepal

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 11:33 PM

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers in Nepal have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed into the side of a snow-covered mountain and burst into flames, killing all 18 people on board.

Police say 17 bodies have been pulled from the crash site.

A helicopter was able to spot the wreckage on a mountainside, 160 miles west of the capital, Katmandu, a day after the Nepal Airlines Twin Otter lost contact in bad weather.

The plane was flying from Katmandu to Jumla, about 250 miles to the west, when it made an unscheduled fuel stop in a city about a third of the way into the journey. Police say visibility was poor because of the snow, rain and fog.

Police say the remote area was covered by snow and it took rescuers several hours to reach there by foot from the nearest town 8 miles away.

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