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Nepalese Rescuers Find Wreckage of Missing Helicopter


Rescue teams have discovered the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared in eastern Nepal with 24 people on board.

Airport officials say reports from the rescue teams Monday, indicate all people on board the helicopter have died.

The helicopter, chartered by the World Wildlife Fund, is believed to have crashed in the remote, mountainous district of Taplejung shortly after taking off from Ghunsa village Saturday.

The helicopter carried Nepal's forest minister, Gopal Rai, and senior officials from the W.W.F. from Nepal, Canada, Australia and the United States. Other people on board included a Finnish diplomat, Russian crew members, and the deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Nepal.

The W.W.F. says the group was returning from a ceremony marking the handover of a conservation project to the local community.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.