(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Fifteen people were killed on Monday when a plane flying to a sacred temple in Nepal crashed in the northern part of the country.
Six others aboard the Agni Air plane survived and are being treated at a nearby hospital.
According to officials, the plane hit a hillside as it attempted to land at Jomsom airport.
“It hit a muddy slope and the plane is now buried in the side of the hill,” police spokesman Binod Singh told AFP.
Of the 15 dead, 13 were Indian passengers and two were Nepali pilots, officials said. An air stewardess, two Danish passengers and three Indian passengers, two of whom are children, survived the crash, reports the BBC.
The plane was said to be flying from Pokhara to Jomsom to leave its passengers close to Muktinath Temple, a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN