Rescuers have recovered all 22 bodies from the site of a plane crash on a Nepalese mountainside.
All the bodies have been flown to Kathmandu and are being examined by doctors at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. According to the airline, the bodies will be handed over to relatives after an autopsy.
On Sunday, a Tara Air turboprop Twin Otter aircraft lost contact with the airport tower while flying a scheduled 20-minute flight through deep river gorges and mountaintops.
The plane crashed on Sunday in Sanosware, Mustang district, near the mountain town of Jomsom, where it had taken off from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 miles west of Kathmandu.
According to local news reports, the wreckage was discovered by villagers who were looking for the Yarsagumba fungus in the area.
Recovery efforts were hampered because some bodies were trapped beneath the wreckage of the plane. Rescuers had difficulty moving the metal debris with their bare hands.
According to aviationnepal.com, the Twin Otter, a rugged plane originally built by Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland, has been in service in Nepal for about 50 years and has been involved in about 21 accidents.
According to experts, extreme weather conditions and harsh terrains in Nepal are major causes of plane crashes in the country.