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Plane Crashes; 18 People Aboard

July 31, 1993

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ A commercial flight with 18 people aboard crashed in mountains near Katmandu on Saturday. The fate of the occupants and the cause of the crash were not immediately known.

Rescue officials reached the crash site in a helicopter, but the chances of finding survivors were slim, said Katmandu airport manager Mohan Chandra Singh.

A Japanese and a Hungarian were among the 15 passengers and three crew members on board the Everest Air propeller plane, which went down in Devghat village about four miles north of Bharatpur airport.

The aircraft was on a 30-minute flight from Katmandu to Bharatpur, 75 miles south of the capital, Singh said.

The pilot of the German-built Dornier aircraft last contacted the Bharatpur control tower four minutes before he was to land, but he did not mention any problems, Singh said.

Clouds hung over Bharatpur at the time, but there was no rain.

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