Nepal: Yeti Airlines gutted to flames, kills 17

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Kathmandu (Nepal), Oct 8: Yeti Airlines plane has crashed in Nepal, killing 17 people, including 14 tourists from Germany and Switzerland and two Nepalese crew members on Wednesday, Oct 8. The Yeti Airlines aircraft, flying from the capital Kathmandu to Lukla (Lukla 300 kilometers east of Katmandu) in eastern Nepal, burst into flames after crash-landing near the sloping runway, eyewitnesses reported.

Mohan Adhikari, General Manager of the Kathmandu airport says those killed in Wednesday's crash included 12 German tourists and two Swiss. The identity of one passenger killed in the crash was not immediately known.

Officials earlier said the passenger manifest listed two of the tourists as Swiss, but they were later confirmed as Australian. "Officials at the airport here have said that bad weather was the reason for the crash. There was heavy cloud when the accident occurred," Kunwar said.

Adhikari said a total of 18 people were on board. One Nepalese pilot survived the crash.


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