Updated May 30, 2022 - World

Nepal search teams recover 20 bodies from plane crash site

 The wreckage of a Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air, lay on a mountainside in Mustang on May 30, 2022, a day after it crashed.
The wreckage of a Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air, lies on a mountainside in the Mustang district of Nepal on Monday, a day after it crashed. Photo: Bishal Magar/AFP via Getty Images

The wreckage of a Tara Air-operated plane that vanished with 22 people on board was found Monday in the mountains of Nepal's Mustang district.

What they're saying: Authorities said 20 bodies had been recovered from the crash site and, while search and rescue operations continued, there were "no presumed survivors," the Washington Post reports.

Details: The plane, made by Canadian aircraft company de Havilland, was carrying 16 Nepalis, four Indians and two Germans, per the BBC.

  • It had departed the tourist town of Pokhara for Jomsom, a popular tourism and pilgrimage destination, when it disappeared in bad weather Sunday morning, authorities said.

The big picture: It was Nepal's 10th plane crash in as many years, with the Himalayan nation prone to sudden changes in weather and airstrips that are situated in rocky, hard-to-access terrain.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the increased death toll, details of the plane's route and further context on plane crashes in Nepal.

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