UK team to probe Nepalese air crash
Investigations are expected to begin into a plane crash in Nepal which cost the lives of 19 passengers, including seven Britons.
Air accident investigators from the UK flew to the Himalayan country on Saturday to uncover the cause of the accident.
The Dornier twin-engine propeller plane crashed two minutes after take-off from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on Friday morning, killing everyone on board.
Initial reports suggested a bird strike was to blame, but the Nepalese aviation ministry is reported to have said it believes pilot error lay behind the tragedy.
Officials are investigating a theory that the plane was overloaded with both people and baggage, and that when the plane hit a bird the pilot didn't have enough speed to turn around and make an emergency landing, Sky News reported.
Two staff from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have gone to Nepal to assist local authorities probing the disaster.
The British group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin trekking in the Himalayas on Friday, were travelling with Hampshire-based travel company Explore Worldwide.
They were named as Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, Timothy Oakes, 57, from Winwick, near Warrington, and his friend Stephen Holding, 60, from Stoke-on-Trent. Vincent Kelly, 50, from Lostock, Bolton, and his brother Darren, 45, who moved from Bolton to the village of Isle of Whithorn in southern Galloway a few years ago, Christopher Davey, 51, from Northampton, and lawyer Benjamin Ogden, 27, from London also perished.
The plane, belonging to Nepal's domestic airline Sita Air, crashed at about 6.15am local time. It was heading east towards Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest and a popular destination for trekkers. Five Chinese people, three Nepalese passengers and four crew members were also killed.
Thousands of Westerners head to the Himalayas every year to trek in the region around Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Autumn is considered the best time to trek in the area.