Authorities in Nepal have successfully recovered the bodies of all six individuals who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Tuesday. The victims include five Mexican nationals, and this incident marks yet another air disaster in the Himalayan nation.
The cause of the crash, which occurred near Likkhu, northeast of the capital city Kathmandu, remains unknown. The civil aviation regulator has announced the formation of a committee to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.
The ill-fated helicopter was operated by Manang Air, a popular choice for tourists who wish to witness the awe-inspiring views of Nepal’s majestic peaks, including the renowned Mount Everest.
Basanta Bhattarai, the senior bureaucrat in the district of Solukhumbu where the crash took place, confirmed that the bodies of all six victims have been recovered. Four of the bodies have already been transported to Kathmandu via helicopter, while arrangements are being made to send the remaining two soon.
“The bodies have been carefully placed in body bags and are currently awaiting clearance at the helipad for the chopper’s departure, pending improved weather conditions,” Bhattarai informed Reuters from the crash site.
Sita Adhikari, another official in the region, revealed that the bodies were found in pieces. A local witness, Nima Tshering Sherpa, stated that the helicopter had crashed into a bushy hillside.
Among the passengers on board were a Nepali pilot and the five Mexican nationals, confirmed airport official Teknath Sitoula.
“The helicopter took off in favorable weather conditions. We are unable to determine the cause of the crash at this point and it necessitates a comprehensive investigation,” stated Raju Neupane, a spokesperson for Manang Air.
Nepal, known for its challenging terrain, has experienced a significant number of air crashes due to its numerous small airports located in remote hilly areas often obscured by clouds, making them inaccessible via roads.
Earlier this year in January, Nepal witnessed its worst air crash in three decades, resulting in the tragic loss of 71 lives near the popular tourist city of Pokhara.