Mountain flight ends in tragedy

A mountain flight to view the Mt Everest at the conclusion of a business conference ended in a tragedy for a group of eight city-based builders.

Updated: Sep 25, 2011, 19:16 PM IST

Tiruchirappalli (TN): A mountain flight to
view the Mt Everest at the conclusion of a business conference
ended in a tragedy for a group of eight city-based builders
when their plane crashed in Nepal on Sunday.

The deceased - all members of the Builders` Association of
India - were in New Delhi from September 21 for an industry
conference and had planned in advance for the trip to Nepal, a
family member of one of the victims said here.

"It is a rude shock to us. My father spoke to me last
night on arrival in Kathmandu. We were expecting his safe
return," M V Anand, son of M V Maruthachalam, one of the
deceased, said.
Expressing shock over the deaths, Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa conveyed her condolences to the bereaved
families.

"I express my deepest condolences to the families of those
killed in the mishap," she said in a statement at Chennai.

A pall of gloom descended here following news of the death
of the eight builders in the plane crash.
Ten Indians were among 19 people killed when a small plane
carrying them crashed and broke into pieces at Kotdanda hills
near the Nepalese capital.

Earlier, the family members of the deceased made desperate
attempts to contact their dear ones through their mobile
phones after hearing reports about the crash, but there was no
response. Official sources said the news about their death was
confirmed after one of the relatives called up the Kathmandu
airport.

The eight were supposed to return here on September 28.

Relatives of the victims will go to Nepal to bring back
the bodies.

Construction activities have been suspended here as a mark
of respect to the deceased.

PTI