Seven British Nationals were killed in an air crash near Kathmandu airport early this morning. All next of kin have been informed, but we are not able to confirm names or other details at this time.
Our immediate priority is to provide consular assistance to the families of the victims and offer any help we can following this tragedy.
The Embassy is in contact with Nepalese authorities and the Ambassador has already gone to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.
Prior to this incident our Travel Advice noted that there had been a number of plane crashes in Nepal recently. We cannot offer advice about which domestic airlines are safer than others.
Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire and Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha have met in New York on the fringes of the UN General Assembly.
As well as discussing the relationship between the UK and Nepal, the two joined together to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in today’s plane crash.
British Ambassador to Nepal, John Tucknott, speaking earlier today said:
“Our thoughts at the moment are with the friends and families of those who lost their lives this morning.
“We will be offering consular assistance to the families of those bereaved.
“We’ve had excellent cooperation from the Nepalese authorities and the Nepali Police and have been in touch with the local tour company who were arranging the tour for those British nationals we believe to have been on board.
“I myself have already been to Tribhuvan University hospital where the casualties were taken and have spoken to senior medical staff there and we remain in contact with them.”