Nepal Airlines plane meets with an accident in Jomsom

(UPDATED) KATHMANDU: A 9N ABO Twin-Otter aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) met with an accident as it was landing at Jomson Airport in Mustang district this morning. The plane had flown from Pokhara Airport.

All 21 on including eight Japanese passengers and three crew members are safe, police said. However, condition of five is critical. The aircraft met with an accident after the plane skidded off the runaway and reached on the bank of Kaligandaki river due to a strong wind in Mustang.

Officials and security personnel are making preparations to airlift the injured to Pokhara for treatment.

Those seriously injured include Captain Deependra Pradhan, co-pilot Suresh KC, airhostess Shanta Maya Tamang and passengers Govinda Pahadi of Parbat and Japanese tourists S Akawa and Khawesa Chiyo. They have been sent to Pokhara for treatment by a Tara Air aircraft.

Nepal police and local residents are carrying on the rescue process. The rest of the injured passengers are being treated at the Mustang Hospital.