Fourteen foreign tourists have died in a plane crash in Nepal, as the aircraft they were travelling in attempted to land at a remote airport known as the “gateway to Mount Everest”.
Twelve German and two Australian nationals were among the 18 people who died. The only survivor was one of the pilots.
The Yeti Airlines flight had taken off in Katmandu en route to Lukla. It is thought the accident was probably caused by fog, as the plane snagged its undercarriage on a fence. It caught fire as it hit the ground.
Lukla airport is known as one of the most difficult in the world for pilots to land. It was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in the 1960’s to facilitate Everest expeditions.