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Two dead, nine injured in Nepal's second deadly plane crash in three days

Two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash landed in Nepal on Friday but all nine passengers survived, an airport official said.

"The two pilots are dead, the nine passengers are injured," said Bhola Prasad Guragain, a spokesman for the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.

The passenger plane with 11 people on board made an emergency landing in western Nepal on Friday, two days after a Twin Otter turboprop plane crashed into a mountainside in Nepal killing all 23 people on board.

"The plane made a forced landing in Kalikot," aviation official Pratap Babu Tiwari told AFP, referring to a district in western Nepal.

It was not clear what forced the plane to land.

Nepal Army spokesman Tara Bahadur Karki said rescue teams have been dispatched to the area.

The plane took off from an airport in the town of Nepalgunj, 300 kilometres (187 miles) west of Kathmandu.

Air travel is popular in Nepal, which has only a limited road network. Many communities, particularly in the mountains and hills, are accessible only on foot or by air.

The country, which is still reeling from a devastating earthquake last April, has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry.

AFP


Updated Date: Feb 26, 2016 16:23 PM

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