'7 Britons dead' in Nepal plane crash

By Samantha Herbert, MSN News PA
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Seven Britons are believed to among 19 killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

An air crash in Nepal has left 19 dead, including seven Britons. See gallery

Local people gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site near Katmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese police report the Britons were killed along with five Chinese and seven Nepalese.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have so far been unable to confirm the number of British deaths.

The Foreign Office have set up a helpline for those worried about family and friends currently in Nepal. Call: 0207 008 1500

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The plane crashed just 500 metres from the airport in Katmandu.

Witnesses say it burst into flames and came down in a field, reports said.

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The pilot reported trouble two minutes after take-off.

Weather conditions were said to be fine at the time of the crash.

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It is believed the pilot was trying to land the plane close to the airport.

A relative of a Nepalese crew member killed in the crash is comforted at the site.

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The plane was reportedly already on fire before it crash landed.

The plane, belonging to Nepal's domestic airline Sita Air was heading east towards Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest and a popular destination for trekkers.

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Police say firefighters brought the blaze in the wreckage under control and police rescuers tried to pull out the bodies.

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The crash follows an avalanche on another Nepal peak on Sunday that killed seven foreign climbers and a Nepali guide.