Calcutta: The captain of the plane that crashed in north Nepal today had detected a fault in the indicator and decided against landing in Jomsom as Pokhara was better equipped, officials said.
The officials in Mustang district, where Jomsom is located, said the captain had briefed the technically better-equipped Pokhara airport that he was going to return there.
The high-altitude Jomsom airport is the gateway to a popular tourism and trekking destination situated more than 2,600m above the sea level.
The Agni Air aircraft crashed at an elevation of 9,000ft just behind Jomsom Mountain Resort Hotel near the airport while turning left, changing course to Pokhara after the engine failure, according to the Rescue Co-ordination Committee of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
The dead Indians have been identified as K. Mamanya, S.K. Arora, M. Handa, M. Arora, R. Handa, K.. Arora, T. Sachdev, G. Sachdev, Sanaim Sudhar, G. Raman, Latha Echambade, (Mr) Kumar and (Ms) Kumar. The Danish survivors are R. Andreas and J. Emily.
15/05/12 The Telegraph