Nepal plane crash injures 21, including 9 Japanese

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Nepalese rescuers and other people stand near the wreckage of a Nepal Airlines plane that crashed on the banks of Kaligandaki river at Jomsom, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, May 16, 2013. The plane crashed while trying to land at Jomsom airport in northern Nepal early Thursday, injuring all 21 people on board. No one was killed. (AP Photo/Ananda Subedi)

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A plane crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal early Thursday, and all 21 people including nine Japanese tourists on board survived with injuries, police said.

Four of them are in critical condition, police officer Bhim Bahadur Chand said.

The state-owned Nepal Airlines plane was carrying nine Japanese tourists. The others on board, including three crew members, are all Nepali.

The aircraft was trying to land at Jomsom airport, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of the capital Katmandu, when it crashed on the banks of Kaligandaki river.

The injured were rushed to the local hospital, and those with serious injuries are being airlifted to nearby Pokhara town for treatment.

The area is popular with foreign trekkers visiting the Mount Annapurna area and Hindu pilgrims visiting the revered Muktinath temple.

Fifteen people were killed last May when a plane crashed while attempting to land at the same airport.