KATHMANDU, SEP 28 – Nineteen people died when the Dornier Aircraft of Sita Air crashed at the banks of Manohara River in Thimi-16 of Bhaktapur district in the Capital on Friday. Nineteen people, including 16 tourists and three crew members died in the crash. It has been said that the aircraft crashed within a minute after the Aircraft Controller’s Office had given its clearance for takeoff.
The reason of the crash has not been ascertained. However, experts claim that it could either be a case of ‘on air fire’ or it could have struck a bird on air. According to airport sources most of the tourists have been identified as Italians.
The aircraft was on its way to Lukla from the Capital.
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