British dead in Nepal plane crash were travelling with Hampshire firm

Daily Echo: British dead in Nepal plane crash were travelling with Hampshire firm British dead in Nepal plane crash were travelling with Hampshire firm

 

SEVEN British tourists among 19 people who died in a plane crash in Nepal were travelling with a Hampshire-based firm, it has been revealed.

The British victims were identified by local travel company Sherpa Adventures as Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Timothy Oakes, 57, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27.

The group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin trekking today, were travelling with Farnborough-based travel company Explore Worldwide.

Managing director Ashley Toft said: ''We are devastated by this news. Our thoughts are very much with the families of those affected, both in the UK and in Nepal.''

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the families of the victims have all been informed.

The twin-engine propeller plane crashed shortly after take-off near Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

The plane, belonging to Nepal's domestic airline Sita Air, was heading east towards Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest and a popular destination for trekkers.

It crashed near the Manohara River to the south west of the city.

Witnesses say it burst into flames and came down in a field.

Weather in Kathmandu was clear at the time of the crash.

The pilot reported trouble two minutes after take-off, and Kathmandu airport official Ratish Chandra Suman said the plane appeared to have been trying to turn back to the airport.

Reports suggested the accident was caused by a bird strike.

The flight was one of the first to take off from Kathmandu's airport and departed at about 6.15am local time, with other flights reporting no problems.

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12:13pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Lockssmart says...

Dornier 228. Not the safest kite in the world. Heard they were hit by a vulture. Sad news.
Dornier 228. Not the safest kite in the world. Heard they were hit by a vulture. Sad news. Lockssmart
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1:02pm Fri 28 Sep 12

margie933 says...

How dreadful!
My thought with all their Families.
How dreadful! My thought with all their Families. margie933
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2:51pm Fri 28 Sep 12

MGRA says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Dornier 228. Not the safest kite in the world. Heard they were hit by a vulture. Sad news.
yes but even the safest plane of that size can be compromised by a bird strike to the rudder. These terrible events are sadly always a possibility.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Dornier 228. Not the safest kite in the world. Heard they were hit by a vulture. Sad news.[/p][/quote]yes but even the safest plane of that size can be compromised by a bird strike to the rudder. These terrible events are sadly always a possibility. MGRA
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10:00pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Brite Spark says...

If vultures accumalted 2 miles west of London Heathrow they would be eradicated, did the travel company advise the Brits that there was a danger of bird strikes on take off from Kathmandu?
If vultures accumalted 2 miles west of London Heathrow they would be eradicated, did the travel company advise the Brits that there was a danger of bird strikes on take off from Kathmandu? Brite Spark
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