Seven killed in helicopter crash in Nepal

A helicopter crashed in central Nepal on Monday, killing all seven people on board, authorities said.

The chopper was en route to Kathmandu when it went down in Nuwakot district.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the wreckage had been located and efforts were on to retrieve the bodies.

The chopper was carrying a nursing mother, along with her newborn, who were being brought to Kathmandu for treatment, according to flight operator Fishtail Air said.

Initial reports out of Nepal had stated that there were only six passengers on the plane and that the woman was pregnant, not a new mother.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Villagers reported seeing plumes of smoke from the site.

Air accidents are common in Nepal, where pilots must navigate difficult mountainous terrain.

Last week, a single-engine cargo plane crash-landed in a river in the mountains of central Nepal. The pilots swam to safety as the plane was swept away.

Last update: Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:23

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