sábado, 23 de febrero de 2013

Nepal Plane Crash: British Victims Identified

Seven Britons killed when a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, have been identified by a local travel company. Sherpa Adventures said Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Timothy Oakes, 57, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27, were among the 19 people killed. The Foreign Office said the families of the victims had been informed. Five Chinese and seven Nepalese also died when the twin-engine propeller-driven Dornier aircraft crashed. Owned by private firm Sita Air, the plane had taken off for Lukla in the Mount Everest region when it plunged into the banks of the Manohara River near Tribhuvan Airport. The British group had arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin trekking in the northeastern Khumbu region, around Everest. Farnborough-based Explore Worldwide said the seven Britons had organised their trips through them. Their Nepalese tour guide was also on the flight. Ashley Toft, Explore's managing director, told Sky News: "They had spent a day or two in Kathmandu. They were heading to Lukla ... to start a circular trek up into the Everest region. "It was almost three weeks trekking up to Everest base camp, which offers wonderful views of Everest. For many people it would have been the trip of a lifetime." When asked about the airline's safety, Mr Toft said: "We have to go through a number of due diligence processes to ensure that any flight companies we use as <b>...</b>
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