23 killed as small plane crashes in Nepal mountains

23 killed as small plane crashes in Nepal mountains
Family members of a plane crash victims break down while they wait for the information about the accident in Pokhara Domestic Airport, Nepal.

Twenty-three people were killed when a small plane crashed in a mountainous area of Nepal during bad weather.

Police official Harihari Yogi said the wreckage of the plane, which came down during a scheduled 18-minute flight, was still burning and all the bodies were charred. He said the plane appeared to have flown directly into a mountain.

Residents had reported hearing a loud explosion near the small village of Rupshe.

Airport official Yogendra Kuwar said the plane lost contact shortly after take-off.

The foreigners were from China and Kuwait. All others on board were Nepali nationals, including two children.

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