Kathmandu: A private plane crashed in Nepal's northern Himalayas while trying to land at a mountain airstrip. Conflicting reports of number of survivors and casualty are pouring in suggesting atleast five people were rescued. The Indian Embassy informed 12 Indians were onboard of which five have been rescued. The injured people were taken to a local hospital, said Aryal, who is posted at Jomsom town.
However, according to the PTI, 19 people were onboard. 14 people have died, including four Indians.
The Agni Air plane plunged into a hill close to Jomsom near the Annapurna mountain range.
"The plane was about to land at Jomsom airport. It hit a muddy slope and the plane is now buried in the side of the hill," he police spokesman Binod Singh said.
The Jomsom Airport is a gateway to a popular tourist and trekking destination. It is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of the capital, Katmandu.
The Dornier aircraft belonged to the local Agri Air company.