Nepal plane crash: Black box of Tara Air planes recovered by mountain guides

A team of experienced international and national mountain guides on Tuesday recovered the black box of the Tara Air plane that crashed Sunday in the mountainous Mustang district of Nepal, killing 22 people, including four Indians.

Mustang Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma said rescuers also recovered the last body from the plane’s wreckage site on Tuesday.

According to Chief District Officer Sharma, the bodies of 10 people have already been sent to Kathmandu on Monday while the rest of the bodies have been moved to Kobang from the crash site and are in the air to Kathmandu.

Morgue staff members carry the body of a victim of the Tara Air passenger plane, which crashed with 22 people on board on its way to Jomsom, at the morgue in Kathmandu, Nepal (Reuters)

The black box of the turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET aircraft was recovered from the crash site by a team of knowledgeable international and national mountain guides, The Himalayan Times reported.
The black box will be transported to Kathmandu.

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The Tara Air plane was found in a crashed state Monday morning, 19 hours after it went missing amid bad weather.

Due to the geographical distance and unfavorable weather conditions, the search and the recovery mission were delayed. The plane was found scattered at an altitude of 4,200 meters, a four-hour mountain ride from the center of Thasang Village Municipality.

Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police, Sherpas and locals reached the crash site on Monday and collected the bodies of those who lost their lives in the accident.

Now it has been confirmed that all 22 people, including four Indian nationals and three crew members, were killed in the tragedy, officials said.

Tara Airlines has identified the four Indians as Ashok Kumar Tripathy, his wife Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathy) and their children Dhanush and Ritika. The family was based in Thane city near Mumbai.

The Canadian-built plane, flying from Pokhara to the popular tourist town of Jomsom in central Nepal, carried four Indians, two Germans and 13 Nepalese passengers, in addition to a three-member Nepalese crew.

The government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry led by senior aviation engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman to find out the cause of the Tara Air plane crash.

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