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The Times of India
Tuesday 15 May 2012 06:16 AM IST
Nepal plane crash:
13 Indians die;
2 girls & dad rescued
by Manesh Shrestha, TNN
KATHMANDU: Two Indian children aged 9 and 6 were pulled out alive along with their father and three others from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed near a tricky airport around 2,600m above sea level in northern Nepal on Monday, killing 15 of the 21 people on board, mostly Indians.
Officials said 13 Indians killed in the crash included the mother of the two. Seven of them were from Mumbai and one from Hyderabad. It was unclear where the rest were from and the airline didn't identify the dead.
Kathmandu's Indian embassy identified three Indian survivors as Tirumala Kidambi Sreekanth, Tirumala Kidambi Sreevardhini (9) and Tirumala Kidambi Sreepada (6). They were airlifted to the tourist town of Pokhara for treatment along with other survivors -- 2 Danes and a Nepalese air hostess. Officials said Sreekanth was admitted to Pokhara's Manipal Teaching Hospital ICU, while the 2 children were in a post-operative ward. B L Karna of Tribhuvan airport said the pilot aborted landing at Jomsom airport at the last moment and tried to return to Pokhara, 60 km away, due to a technical problem.
Officials of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International airport said the Agni Air Dornier 9N AIG, which crashed near Jomsom airport in Nepal, ploughed into the ground while it was trying to ascend. "The pilot had reported a warning light flashing in the cockpit as he descended to Jomsom. The aircraft seems to have lost balance," said B L Karna of rescue coordination committee at Tribhuvan airport.
Reports said the aircraft broke into pieces, but did not catch fire and that rescuers managed to reach the scene swiftly thanks to its proximity to an army camp. The crash was the second deadly air disaster involving the airline in less than two years and the fifth in Nepal in less than two years. It comes about eight months after 10 Indians were killed in another crash near Kathmandu.
Jomsom Airport is among one of the world's most dangerous airfields due to the mountainous terrain on the approach.
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from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
IATA: JMO – ICAO: VNJS
Jomsom Airport is located in Nepal
Airport type Public
Serves Jomsom, Nepal
Elevation AMSL 8,800 ft / 2,682 m
Coordinates 28°46′56″N 83°43′21″E
Direction Length Surface
06/24 531 1,742 Asphalt
Jomsom Airport (IATA: JMO, ICAO: VNJS) is an airport serving Jomsom, a town in the Mustang District of the Dhawalagiri Zone in Nepal.
It is known as one of the world's most dangerous airfields and is a particular favourite of flight simulator fans. It serves as the gateway to Muktinath temple, which is a popular pilgrimage for Nepalis and Indians.
The airport resides at an elevation of 8,800 feet (2,682 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 06/24 which measures 531 by 19 metres (1,742 × 62 ft).
Airlines and destinations
Sita Air boards passengers at Jomsom airport.
Agni Air Pokhara 
Gorkha Airlines Pokhara 
Nepal Airlines Pokhara 
Sita Air Kathmandu, Pokhara 
Tara Air Pokhara 
On 14 May 2012, an Agni Air Dornier 228 crashed while attempting to land at Jomsom airport, killing 15 of 21 people on board.
^ a b c Airport information for Jomsom, Nepal (VNJS / JMO) at Great Circle Mapper.
^ a b Jomsom Airport at AirportGuide.com
^ "11 Indians among 15 dead in Nepal plane crash". Retrieved 14 May 2012.
^ "Flying Schedule". Agni Air. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
^ "Destinations". Gorkha Airlines. Retrieved 8 June 2010.[dead link]
^ "Schedule Effective from 15 May, 2010 to 30 October, 2010". Nepal Airlines. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
^ "Destinations". Sita Air. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
^ "13 Indians among 15 killed in Nepal air crash". Hindustan Times. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
Accident history for JMO / VNJS at Aviation Safety Network