Rescuers have found 21 bodies so far from the crash site of a plane that went down in northern Nepal.

The small plane had been carrying 22 people, and searches continue to find the remaining missing passenger.

The plane was on a 20-minute flight when it lost contact with air traffic control five minutes before it was due to land.

The wreckage of the plane, operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air, was recovered in Mustang district.

Four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis were on board the plane, according to reports. But search operations have been hampered by bad weather and mountainous terrain.

Images posted on Twitter by a spokesman from the Nepalese Army showed the remains of the plane – prominently bearing its registered call sign 9N-AET.

The Nepalese government has said it has formed a panel to investigate the fatal crash.

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