At least 19 people have been killed after a small plane flying towards Mount Everest crashed on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

The Sita Air Dornier craft had just taken off from Kathmandu airport and was flying to the small town of Lukla when it plunged into the banks of a river near the city on Friday.

The accident is the sixth fatal air crash in Nepal in less than two years and raises new questions about the safety record of the country’s numerous small airlines.

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