Rescuers find wreckage of plane in Nepal

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Photo - File - This image provided by NOAA shows a Aug. 10, 2007 file photo of a DeHavilland DHC6 Twin Otter similar to the one belonging to Merpati Nusantari airline that has gone missing over Indonesia's Papua region early Sunday Aug. 2, 2009. Merpati Nusantari airline director of operations Capt. Nikmatullah says the Twin Otter plane was on a regular flight Sunday when it lost contact with officials on the ground. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)
File - This image provided by NOAA shows a Aug. 10, 2007 file photo of a DeHavilland DHC6 Twin Otter similar to the one belonging to Merpati Nusantari airline that has gone missing over Indonesia's Papua region early Sunday Aug. 2, 2009. Merpati Nusantari airline director of operations Capt. Nikmatullah says the Twin Otter plane was on a regular flight Sunday when it lost contact with officials on the ground. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)
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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers in Nepal have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that went missing in western mountains. There is no word yet about the 18 people aboard.

Nepal Airlines official Ram Hari Sharma says a rescue helicopter was able to spot the wreckage on Monday on the side of a mountain near Machinelek and rescuers on foot are now trying to reach the area.

The plane operated by the state-run airline lost contact with the ground control on Sunday while flying in rain and fog.

There were 15 passengers and three crew members on board the plane.

One of the passengers is believed to be a Danish national, while the rest on board, including a child, are Nepalese nationals.

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