Nepal plane crash: UK dead remembered

A plane heading for the Everest region of Nepal has crashed on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board. Seven Britons died, as did seven Nepali and five Chinese nationals. Explore the map below to find out what happened.


The aftermath

Crash site

A crowd gathers around the fireball. Bottom right, only the tail is recognisable as the flames die down. Top right, Sita Air’s twin-engine propeller plane before the accident.

Sanjoy Majumder reports

Seven Britons were among 19 people killed when a plane heading for the Everest region crashed in Nepal's capital.

Climber describes flights to mountains

Alan Hinkes, a climber who has been visiting Nepal since 1987, describes using Sita Air flights from Kathmandu to Lukla on several occasions.

  1. 1. 06:15 local time: Flight takes off

    The twin-engine propeller plane, a domestic Sita Air flight carrying trekkers to Lukla, near Mount Everest, was one of the first to leave Kathmandu airport. Previous flights had reported no problems.

  2. 2. Pilot attempts to return to airport

    Minutes after take-off, the pilot appeared to have been trying to turn back before attempting to land on open ground beside a river. Airport officials said the plane appeared to have hit a bird, possibly a vulture.

  3. 3. Plane bursts into flames and crashes

    Footage taken by people at the scene on mobile phones shows the front section of the plane on fire before it hit the ground. The tail was the only part of the plane still recognisable at the crash site.

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