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Malaysia Airlines flight to Nepal hit by birds, passengers safe

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A flock of birds shattered the windshields of a Malaysia Airlines jet as it landed in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, but all 180 passengers and crew were safe, an airport official said on Sunday. The birds hit the Boeing 737 late on Friday, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority Nepal, said. Birds hitting aircraft are a common problem at Kathmandu international airport, ringed by forested hills.

S. Korean broadcasting crew arrested in Nepal for illegal filming

KATHMANDU, March 20 (Yonhap) -- Four South Korean nationals, including a broadcasting crew, have been arrested by Nepalese authorities on charges of illegally shooting a Hindu temple and a military facility, South Korean embassy officials said on Thursday. The three employees of a Seoul TV network, including a producer surnamed Kim, and one tour guide allegedly filmed the Pashupatinath Temple located in the eastern part of Kathmandu and a nearby military airbase without government authorization, they said.

S. Korean broadcasting crew arrested in Nepal for illegal filming

KATHMANDU, March 20 (Yonhap) -- Four South Korean nationals, including a broadcasting crew, have been arrested by Nepalese authorities on charges of illegally filming a Hindu temple and a military facility, South Korean embassy officials said on Thursday. The three employees of a Seoul TV network, including a producer surnamed Kim, and one tour guide allegedly filmed the Pashupatinath Temple located in the eastern part of Kathmandu and a nearby military airbase without government authorization, they said.

Bus torched in Kathmandu as students protest fuel price hike

Student unions called a general strike in Kathmandu on Wednesday and torched a parked bus to scare vehicles off the streets, but no one was injured in the incident. Police have arrested 94 protesters for forcing shops to shut down and threatening vehicle operators, police spokesman Ganesh K.C. told Kyodo News. The strike has left Kathmandu's streets mostly empty. Schools and marketplaces are closed.

Missing Nepal passenger plane found, no survivors

Nepalese troops Monday recovered 18 bodies from the snow-blanketed wreckage of a plane that crashed into a hillside, the latest disaster to hit the country's internationally-blacklisted airlines. Body parts and debris from the Nepal Airlines plane, which was carrying 15 passengers and three crew, were found scattered in a village next to the scene of Sunday's crash in the mountainous west of the country, a police official at the scene said.

Nepal plane crash in bad weather killed all 18 on board

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - All 18 people aboard a small plane that crashed in bad weather in Nepal were killed, an army spokesman said on Monday, after searchers battled heavy rain and harsh winds to reach the rugged site the day after the event. The crash highlights the poor safety record of Nepal, where more than a dozen airlines fly to nearly 50 airports, many in remote hills and mountains shrouded in cloud and cut off from roads.

Missing Nepal passenger plane found, no survivors

Nepalese police on Monday discovered the wreckage of a plane carrying 18 people that had gone missing one day earlier in the country's mountainous west, but no survivors have been found, an official said. The Nepal Airlines plane with 15 passengers and three crew crashed into a forested hill in Arghakhanchi district, 226 kilometres (140 miles) west of the capital, with aircraft pieces found in a nearby village, an aviation official told AFP.

Nepal police find plane wreckage, no survivors

Nepalese police Monday found the wreckage of a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people in the country's mountainous west but there were no survivors, an aviation official said. "The plane crashed into a hill, police have found its wreckage in a village, but no survivors," Bimlesh Lal Karna, chief air traffic controller at the country's largest airport in Kathmandu, told AFP.

Plane with 18 people on board missing in Nepal

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A small plane owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation company went missing with 18 people aboard in bad weather in west Nepal on Sunday, officials said, highlighting air safety concerns in the mountainous nation. The Canada-made Twin Otter aircraft was carrying 15 passengers, including an infant, and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jumla in the far west of Nepal.

Plane carrying 18 people missing in Nepal

Rescuers in Nepal's mountainous west searched on foot Sunday for a missing Nepal Airlines plane carrying 18 people, as officials called off a helicopter hunt due to poor visibility. The plane carrying 15 passengers including an infant and three crew lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after taking off from the popular tourist town of Pokhara, airline officials and police said. The aircraft from the state-run carrier was travelling to the town of Jumla, 353 kilometres (220 miles) west of Kathmandu, when air traffic controllers lost contact.
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