Tara Air plane that crashed in the Himalayas two days earlier after losing contact resulted in the death of all the 22 onboard passengers. The Nepali search and rescue team recovered the flight’s black box today. The plane crashed in Nepal’s mountainous Mustang district on Sunday. The black box will now be transported to Kathmandu.
With one more body being recovered from the Nepal plane crash site today, so far 22 bodies have been found including four Indian nationals and three crew members.
Two Germans, four Indians, and 16 Nepalis were on the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft that crashed 15 minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, in on Sunday (May 29) morning. The plane was bound for Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Pokhara, on what should have been a 20-minute flight.
Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma of Mustang also informed on Tuesday that 10 bodies have been shifted to Kobang from the crash site and others are in the course of being airlifted to Kathmandu.
A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said the plane had only the voice recorder to preserve ground-to-air and air-to-air conversations. Modern planes have two such black boxes – a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder. The black box of the turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET plane was recovered from the crash site by a team of experienced international and national mountain guides.
As per the reports the plane crashed on Monday morning, found in a crashed state 19 hours after the mishap happened. Although the recovery process was delayed due to the geographical remoteness and adverse weather conditions. As the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police, Sherpas, and locals reached the crash site, a four-hour uphill hike from the center of Thasang Village Municipality on Monday, the plane was found broken and scattered.
The government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman to find out the cause of the Tara Air plane crash.