The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world's highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies.

Friday's plane crash, which killed 19 people including seven Britons, is the latest to hit the popular trekking region.

At least nine foreign tourists died earlier this week in an avalanche that swept through a base camp on the world's eighth-highest peak, Mount Manaslu.

It came at the start of Nepal's autumn climbing season, when the end of the monsoon rains makes weather in the high Himalayas unpredictable.

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Friday's crash is believed to have been caused by a bird strike


In September last year 19 people were killed when a Buddha Air propeller plane came down in Bisankunarayan village, just a few miles south of the capital, Kathmandu.

In 2010 British national Jeremy Taylor, 30, who had been living in South Africa, died when a small passenger plane heading to the Mount Everest region crashed in heavy rain outside Nepal's capital.

Four US nationals and a Japanese tourist were also killed when the Agni Air flight went down, killing all 14 people on board.

The landlocked country of 26 million nestled between India and China has been a magnet to mountaineers and other adventurers since Mount Everest was conquered in 1953.

The tiny landlocked country only opened its borders to foreign tourists in 1950 but interest in climbing the massive Himalayan peaks has steadily increased since Everest was first successfully topped by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay three years later.

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Nine tourists died on Mount Manaslu earlier this week in an avalanche


In the first eight months of this year 377,043 tourists arrived in Kathmandu, according to the Nepalese Tourism Board.

The mountain and its neighbours continue to claim their fair share of victims.

In May this year, British teenager Leanna Shuttleworth told how she had to climb past the bodies of several mountaineers who were either dead or dying to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The 19-year-old from Buckinghamshire, who became the youngest British woman to reach the top, said at the time passing the casualties on the mountain was the most horrific part of the ascent.

She said: "There were casualties from the day before which was tragic and horrendous.

"There were quite a few bodies attached to the fixed lines and we had to walk round them.

"There were a couple who were still alive. Our Sherpa helped one of the people but a couple were so far gone they didn't even know we were there. It was the most horrendous thing to see."

The Khumbu area the British climbers were heading for is found below the Everest Base Camp and includes the Khumbu Glacier, at an altitude of 17,388ft (5,300m).

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Many trekkers set off from Mount Everest base camp


The thrill of climbing 29,028 feet (8,848m) to the top of the world's highest peak, as well as the seven other mountains rising above 8,000m in the country, has not been without other impacts as well, including ecological.

In 2009, Sherpa Appa, a Nepalese guide who broke his own record to climb Mount Everest for the 19th time, said his team brought down 5,000kg (5.51tons) of rubbish from the mountain.

Sherpa Appa said he is also concerned about the impact of global warming on the world's highest mountain.

He said people must clean Everest and protect it, and that the warming temperature is increasing the volume of glacial lakes.

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More than five tonnes of rubbish were brought down from Mount Everest in 2009

The following year, British environmental campaigner Lewis Gordon Pugh became the first person to complete a long distance swim on Mount Everest.

The 40-year-old swam 1km across a glacial lake on the slopes of the world's highest mountain wearing only Speedos, goggles and a swimming hat.

Dubbed the "human polar bear" for his ability to survive extreme cold, Mr Pugh plunged into Pumori Lake near the Khumbu Glacier, at an altitude of 5,300 metres, and completed the swim in 22 minutes and 51 seconds.

The adventurer uses his record-breaking endurance swims to raise awareness of climate change and completed the event to draw attention to the melting of Himalayan glaciers and the resulting dwindling water supplies in the region.

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    Nepalese rescue team members collect parts of wreckage at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members collect parts of wreckage at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members look at human remains found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members move bodies found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members move bodies found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members move bodies found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of an Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including five Japanese, two Italians and a Briton, police said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of an Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including five Japanese, two Italians and a Briton, police said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO / BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO / BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese police prepre to cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members climb the tail of the Sita air plane at the crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita air plane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members looks at the remains of a Sita air plane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and rescue workers show a passport and money collected from the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and rescue workers remove a body from a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and volunteers look over the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and volunteers help extinguish flames from the wreckage of the Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and volunteers help extinguish flames from the wreckage of the Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A Nepalese rescue worker carries the flight data recorder of a Sita Air airplane at the crash site near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese police officers move the remains of a Sita Air airplane at the crash site near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed Friday morning in Nepal's capital, and all 19 people on board are believed dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese relative of a crew member cries at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese police salvage debris at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese relative of a crew member is comforted at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese soldier, right, and firefighter display a British passport and a dollar bill found at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed Friday morning in Nepal's capital, and all 19 people on board are believed dead, authorities said. Thirteen people on board were foreigners, while three passengers and the three crew members were from Nepal, said Katmandu airport chief Narayan Bastakoti. (AP Photo)

  • Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed Friday morning in Nepal's capital, and all 19 people on board are believed dead, authorities said. Thirteen people on board were foreigners, while three passengers and the three crew members were from Nepal, said Katmandu airport chief Narayan Bastakoti. (AP Photo)

  • A Nepalese man runs past the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo)

  • Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The A plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal’s capital, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo)

  • A Nepalese man runs past the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo)

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    A fireman looks at flames from the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firemen battle flames from the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firemen battle flames from the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese police prepre to cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)