AEST 00:00, Sat Sep 29 2012
A plane carrying passengers and crew to a staging point for Mount Everest expeditions crashed yesterday, killing all 19 people aboard.
The pilot contacted air traffic controllers after striking an eagle on takeoff.
The Sita Air flight from Kathmandu to the village of Lukla was carrying 16 passengers -- seven from the UK, five from China and four from Nepal -- as well as three crew members.
The Dornier-built aircraft went down just two minutes after taking off from Kathmandu's international airport.
The small passenger plane was carrying 19 people.