The bodies of all 18 people on board a small plane that crashed on a hill in western Nepal have been recovered, officials say. The bodies have been taken to the capital, Kathmandu. Contact with the Nepal Airlines plane, which was carrying mostly Nepali passengers and crew as well as one Dane, was lost after it took off from the resort town of Pokhara on Sunday.
The wreckage was located on Monday in the western district of Arghakhanchi. Bimlesh Lal Karna, from Nepal's civil aviation authority, said the crash site was on a hill called Masinelek in Arghakhanchi, where it was difficult for emergency services to land because of the difficult terrain. "It was very difficult for the rescue helicopters to land there. But they finally did," he said. "All the 18 bodies have been brought to Kathmandu; they will be handed over to the family members after the post-mortem." Nepal airlines blames the crash on bad weather.