A plane crashed in Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 68 people, in the worst aviation disaster to hit the Himalayan nation in three decades, officials said.
Nepal’s air transport sector has been plagued by accidents due to poor maintenance, inadequate training and lax standards.
The country also has some of the most remote and tricky runways in the world, with approaches flanked by towering mountains that challenge even experienced pilots.
Here is a timeline of major air disasters that have hit the country in recent years:
May 29, 2022
A Twin Otter plane operated by Nepalese airline Tara Air crashed shortly after take-off from Pokhara in western Nepal, killing 22 people.
April 14, 2019
A small plane veered off the runway during takeoff near Mount Everest, hitting two helicopters and killing three people. Three people were also injured.
March 12, 2018
A flight from Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, made an emergency landing at Kathmandu airport, skidded into a football field and caught fire. Fifty-one people were killed in the country’s deadliest aviation accident in decades.
February 24, 2016
A Twin Otter aircraft operated by Tara Airlines crashed into a hillside in Myagdi district, killing all 23 people on board.
February 16, 2014
Rescuers have found remains and debris in mountainous countryside after a Nepal Airlines flight crashed in Arghakhanchi district, killing 18 people.
September 28, 2012
A plane bound for Mount Everest with 19 people on board has crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board, including seven Britons and five Chinese nationals.
May 14, 2012
Fifteen people were killed when an Agni Air plane carrying Indian pilgrims crashed near Jomsom, a dangerous high-altitude airport in northern Nepal, while six others miraculously escaped.
September 25, 2011
A small plane carrying tourists around Mount Everest has crashed on a hillside near Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board.
December 15, 2010
A passenger plane has crashed in eastern Nepal, killing all 22 passengers and crew on board. Most of the victims were pilgrims from Bhutan, and a U.S. citizen was also among the dead.
August 24, 2010
A small Agni Air plane has crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu, killing all 14 people on board, including four Americans, a Japanese and a Briton.
September 28, 1992
A Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed en route to Kathmandu, killing all 167 people on board, in Nepal’s worst ever air disaster,
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