20 bodies found at plane crash site in Nepal

Nepali rescuers have recovered 20 bodies after a small plane with 22 people on board crashed Sunday in a mountainous area.

A Nepali Army spokesperson said on Monday morning troops spotted wreckage of the Twin Otter in Mustang District. It had taken off shortly before from the tourist town of Pokhara, headed for Jomsom in Mustang.
Tara Air, which operated the flight, said the passengers included two Germans, four Indians and 13 Nepalis.

Local aviation authorities say the plane lost contact with air control about 12 minutes after takeoff from Pokhara, 200 kilometers west of the capital, Kathmandu.

The weather in the area reportedly was bad at the time of the crash.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Plane crashes are a common occurrence in the Himalayan country, due to unpredictable weather and airstrips being located in mountains.