Nepal's second plane crash highlights safety record

  • 27/02/2016

Two people are feared dead after a small plane crashed in western Nepal, an army official said, just days after 23 people were killed in a similar accident in the Himalayan nation.

The incident spotlights the poor safety record of Nepal's aviation industry, particularly after Wednesday's crash (local time) in bad weather in the same region, which was the country's second air disaster in as many years.

Nine of those aboard the aircraft were injured in Friday's crash in Kalikot district, 320km west of the capital, Kathmandu, army officer Tara Bahadur Karki said.

The plane, operated by Kasthamandap Airlines, was on a flight from Nepalgunj in the southwest to Jumla.

A search and rescue party had set out for the crash site on foot, chief district official Pradeep Shrestha said.