KATHMANDU: The severed and burnt body parts of the Agni Air crash victims have been airlifted to Kathmandu from the incident site-- remote Bastipur, Shikharpur in Makawanpur district--on Tuesday afternoon.
Though the heavy rainfall affected the rescue operation, the security personnel of Nepal Police and Nepal Army collected the body parts from a paddy field near a local school in the village. Helicopters of Nepal Army and Fishtail Air brought the mortal remains of the victims to the Capital.
All 14 people on board, including six foreigners--four Americans, one Briton and one Japanese--were killed when Agni Air's 9N-AHE 101 aircraft crashed this morning while returning to Kathmandu from Lukla after failing to land there due to inclement weather.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumarn Nepal, American Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi, and the representatives of Japanese and British embassies in Nepal were present at the Kathmandu's domestic airport when the bodies were brought.
Debris at the paddy field in Bastipur, Shikharpur of Makawanpur district where the Agni Air plane crashed. Photo Courtesy: Nepal Army
Makalu Air helicopter brings the mortal remains of the air crash victims to Kathmandu's domestic airport. Photo: THT Online/Nimes Jang Rai
Bereaved relatives of the victims of the Agni Air crash comfort each other at Kathmandu's domestic airport as the body parts of victims collected from the incident site were being unloaded from the Makalu Air helicopter. Photo: THT Online/Nimesh Jang Rai
The victims' bodies will sent for autopsy and DNA test, and then will be handed over to the next of their kin for the last rites.
Meanwhile, the government has formed a five-member committee to probe the accident under the coodinatorship of aviation expert Kumar Prasad Upadhyay.
The panel will submit its report within 65 days.
PM Nepal (extreme left) inspects the body parts of the air crash victims brought from the incident site on Tuesday evening. Photo: THT Online/ Nimes Jang Rai
A cavity formed in the paddy field where the Agni Air plane crashed. Photo: Nepal Army
Security personnel and locals throng the incident site. Photo: Nepal Army
Nepal Army personnel collecting the severed body parts of victims. Photo: Nepal Army
Nepal Army personnel in rescue operation at the incident site. Photo: Nepal Army
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal (Right) and American Ambassador to Nepal Scott H DeLisi shake hands after an inspection of the bodies of the victims at Kathmandu's domestic airport. Photo: THT Online