17 Feb 2014

No survivors in Nepal plane crash

5:43 pm on 17 February 2014

Police have found the wreckage of a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people in the country's mountainous west, but there are no survivors.

The plane, carrying 15 passengers including a baby and three crew, lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after taking off from the popular tourist town of Pokhara about 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon, airline officials and police said.

The aircraft from the state-run carrier was travelling to the town of Jumla, 353km west of Kathmandu, when air traffic controllers lost contact, AFP reports.

Heavy rain hampered efforts on Sunday to locate the plane with two helicopters forced to turn back because of bad weather.

Police spotted scattered pieces of the wreckage while conducting an aerial search of Arghakhanchi district, 226km west of the capital, aviation official Karna said.

One of the passengers is from Denmark, according to airline spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma.

The rest of those on board - including Manab Sejuwal, a local politician from the ruling Nepali Congress party - are from Nepal.