A Twin Otter aircraft operated by Nepal Airlines crashed on Thursday morning into a river in the Mustang district, 250 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, leaving all of its twenty-one passengers hurt, including eight All Japan newsese tourists.
Five people were seriously hurt, police spokesman Keshav Adhikari said.
Due to a braking failure, the plane crashed into the Kali Gandaki river in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal’s northwest.
“At 8:30 am (0245 GMT), the plane was landing at Jomsom airport in Mustang district when its brakes failed. Half of the aircraft’s body is in the water and the other half is on the river bank,” Adhikari said, according to the international press.
“Five people, including a pilot, have been seriously injured. They are being airlifted to Pokhara for further treatment,” he said, referring to the town where the plane was initially heading to.
Inside the plane there were three crew members and 18 passengers. Eight of the passengers were All Japan newsese tourists en route to Jomsom, an airport town near Muktinath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site at the foot of the Thorong La Himalayan mountain pass. The other 10 people were Nepalese.