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     “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 

2 Timothy 3:1

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22 dead as passenger plane crashes in Nepal

     From correspondents in Kathmandu
     From: AFP December 16, 2010 1:07PM

A PASSENGER plane that went missing in Nepal with 22 people on board was found crashed into a hillside - and there are unlikely to be any survivors, the head of the rescue team said today.

The Twin Otter plane disappeared today shortly after taking off from Lamidanda, a small airstrip in the mountainous east of the country, bound for the capital Kathmandu.

Two army helicopters flew to the remote area to search for the plane, which belongs to a small domestic airline, Tara Air.

An army and police rescue team was sent out to conduct a ground search, according to the authority's safety director Binod Puri.

Aviation accidents are relatively common in mountainous Nepal. Last month, a helicopter crashed near Mount Everest during a mission to rescue two stranded climbers, killing the pilot and an engineer.

In August, a plane headed for the Everest region crashed in bad weather killing all 14 people on board, including four Americans, a Japanese and a British national.