Embassy for ‘speedy evacuation’ of remains of Indian victims, Black box found at plane crash site

KATHMANDU: The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said that it is providing all assistance for the prompt evacuation of the remains of 10 Indian nationals killed in the Buddha Air plane crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley on Sunday.

Issuing a statement this afternoon, the Indian mission expressed sadness over the tragedy, saying, “…We are in constant contact with the Nepali authorities which are carrying out search and relief operations at the site of the crash.”

The Indian tourists—most of them from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu—were among the 19 victims of the fatal air crash. Six Nepalis including the three crew members, two Americans and a Japanese national were also killed in the incident. The small aircraft was returning to Kathmandu from a mountain flight before it lost contact with the airport terminal at 7:31 am this morning.

The dead bodies were airlifted to Kathmandu from the incident site and have been sent to the Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for autopsy. The bodies and the mortal remains of the victims will be handed over to their families after the postmortem tomorrow.

The Embassy has asked the kith and kin of the Indian nationals who died in the incident to contact on the following phone numbers for information /help-lines at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu:

00-977-1-4423702 [Direct]

00-977-1-4410900 – Ext- 4109

00-977-1-4414990 – Ext- 4109

00-977-1-4411699 – Ext- 4109

After the authorities published the list of victims based on the flight records, the Embassy said it verified the names of Indian nationals on board the ill-fated plane.

According to the Embassy, the names of the Indian nationals who died in the accident are:

1. Mr. M. Maruthachalam

2. Mr. M. Manimaran

3. Mr. A.K. Krisunan

4. Mr. V M Kankasabesan

5. Mr. T. Dhansekaran

6. Mr. Kattoor Mahalingam

7. Mr. Meenakshi Sundaram

8. Mr. K. Thyagarajan

9. Mr. Pankaj Mehta

10. Mrs. Chaya Mehta

KATHMANDU: Investigators searching the crash site of Buddha Air plane at Kotdanda near Godavari on the outskirts of Lalitpur district have found the black box data recorder on Sunday afternoon.

All 19 people—16 passengers and three crew members—on board where killed when the 9NAE K1900 aircraft crashed at around 7:31 am this morning, while returning to Kathmandu from a mountain flight.

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