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Plane with 18 people missing in Nepal’s mountains

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KATMANDU, Nepal — A Nepal Airlines plane flying in bad weather with 18 people on board was missing Sunday and feared to have crashed in Nepal’s mountainous west, officials said.

Contact was lost with the plane a few minutes after it made an unscheduled fuel stop in the city of Pokhara on its flight from the capital, Katmandu, to the town of Jumla, said Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal official Ram Hari Sharma.

Another aviation official, Dharmendra Pandey, said villagers in Argakhachi district reported that the plane had crashed in a remote mountainous area. The plane had 15 passengers and three crew members on board. One of the passengers was believed to be a Danish national, while the rest on board were Nepalese.

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