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Domestic Nepal Airliner Crashes

July 27, 2000

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ A twin-engine domestic airliner with 25 people on board crashed minutes before its scheduled landing in western Nepal on Thursday, officials said.

The fate of 22 passengers and three crew members, all Nepalese, was not immediately known. The passengers included three infants.

The Canadian-built Twin Otter was on a 25-minute flight from the mountainous town of Bajang to Dhangadi. The wreckage of the government-owned Royal Nepal Airlines plane was recovered in Dharampani Hills near Jogbudha Village, nearly 450 miles west of the capital Katmandu.

The area is in Nepal’s southwestern plains near the land border with India.

``Radio contact with the plane was lost just two minutes before it was scheduled to land,″ said Civil Aviation Minister Tarini Dutta Chataut.

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