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Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 15:53

HK woman killed in Nepal small plane crash

By Shadow Li/chinadailyasia.com

HK woman killed in Nepal small plane crash
A trekking path (lower right) is overshadowed by high-altitude peaks in a valley leading north into Nepal's Khumbu region, which is home to Mt. Qomolangma on April 18, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT)

KATHMANDU, Nepal - A Hong Kong woman was among 23 people on board a small plane that crashed in the mountainous terrain in Nepal on Wednesday, confirmed the Chinese Embassy in Nepal to China Daily.

A consulate officer, surnamed Kuang, said the woman was named Mak Siu-ying.

The Twin Otter Plane operated by the domestic Tara Airlines was flying to Jomsom from Pokhara at 7:47 am local time. It went missing nine minutes after taking off.

The plane has been completely destroyed by the fire after crashing with trees, said the police.

"It has broken into pieces," police officer Bishwaraj Khadka told Reuters from Myagdi. "There are no survivors."

Jomsom is the starting point for trekkers going into mountainous areas. Only small planes can fly the route, which goes between mountains.

Kuang said taking a small plane in Nepal's mountainous area is dangerous due to the unpredictable and unstable wind patterns. Kuang suggested that all tourists, when embarking a trip to Nepal, should learn more about an airlines background before boarding a small plane.

Kuang said the embassy is trying to contact Mak's family through the Hong Kong authorities. It was not yet unknown whether Mak went to Nepal alone or with a tour group, Kuang added.

He assured that the embassy will provide assistance needed by Mak's family, including those concerning insurance issues.

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