Rescue teams reached the crash site of a small plane in Nepal yesterday only to find a large crater strewn with pieces of aircraft and tattered belongings.
All fourteen passengers and crew died when the plane came down in heavy rain as it headed to the Mount Everest region.
Investigators are still searching for the flight recorder.
The victims included foreign tourists – four Americans, a Japanese and a British national.
The Agni Air turboprop crashed while trying to return to Kathmandu after failing to land at Lukla which is a popular stop for treckers and mountaineers.
Members of the Nepalese government along with US and Japanese diplomats waited at Kathmandu’s airport as the remains of those on board were retrieved.
Thousands fly to the region every year to visit Everest and the surrounding peaks, but few travel there during the monsoon season.