Nepal recovers bodies of all plane crash victims

STORY: Nepali search and rescue teams have recovered the remains of 22 people killed in a plane crash in the Himalayas.

The flight's voice recorder was also recovered on Tuesday (31 May).

The Twin Otter aircraft crashed on Sunday morning, after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 80 miles west of Kathmandu.

The plane was bound for Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site, on what should have been a 20-minute flight.

Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalis were on board.

Soldiers and rescue workers retrieved the bodies from the wreckage, strewn across a steep slope at an altitude of around 14,500 feet.

A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said 10 bodies were brought to Kathmandu on Monday.

While the remaining 12 will be flown into the capital on Tuesday and released to families following autopsies and identification.

Operated privately by Tara Air, the plane is believed to have made its first flight in April 1979.

The Nepali government has set up a five-member panel to determine the cause of the crash and suggest preventive measures for the aviation sector.

Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Mt. Everest, has a history of air accidents.

Its weather can change suddenly and airstrips are typically located in mountainous areas that are hard to reach.