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No Survivors in Nepal Plane Crash

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Nepalese residents stand near the domestic terminal building, after a domestic plane crashed in the northwest of Kathmandu valley in Kathmandu, Nepal on Feb. 16, 2014.

Nepalese residents stand near the domestic terminal building, after a domestic plane crashed in the northwest of Kathmandu valley in Kathmandu, Nepal on Feb. 16, 2014.

Aviation officials in Nepal said Monday they have discovered the scattered wreckage of a small passenger plane that went missing a day earlier, and that there are no survivors.

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Authorities said 15 passengers, including an infant, were among the victims, along with three crew members. One of the passengers was from Denmark, while all others on the plane were from Nepal.

Officials said the Nepal Airlines plane, traveling from the tourist town of Pokhara to Jumla, crashed on a forested hillside in heavy rain Sunday, then burst into flames. The search for the Twin Otter aircraft was halted Sunday because of the downpour.

The Himalayan nation's aviation sector has a poor safety record and has suffered a series of fatal accidents. In December, the European Union banned all of Nepal's airlines from flying to the EU.
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