Nepal copter crash kills five, including Japanese man; one missing


A helicopter flying in bad weather crashed in Nepal’s mountains on Saturday, killing five of the seven people on board and leaving another missing, police said.

The pilot and four of the six passengers, including a 68-year-old Japanese man, were among those killed, said police official Basanta Kuwar. Another passenger was missing, while a woman survived the crash, he said. Her condition was not immediately clear.

Rescuers were attempting to transport the injured woman out of the crash site, but fog and rain might be hampering their efforts, Kuwar said.

He said rescuers were also scouring the area for the missing person but bad weather and the mountainous terrain were making the operation difficult.

Aside from the Japanese man, all others aboard the helicopter were Nepalese.

The area where the crash happened is about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.

The Airbus-manufactured Ecureuil helicopter belongs to Altitude Air in Nepal and has been used in mountain rescues.