Korean Air Jet Carrying 101 Koreans on Way from Nepal

Write : 2015-04-30 18:36:16 Update : 2015-04-30 18:43:56

One-hundred-one South Koreans stranded in earthquake-stricken Nepal will return home on a special plane.

A special flight by Korean Air carrying the 101 Korean nationals left Kathmandu at around 9 a.m. Thursday local time.

The passengers include 48 teachers and students from a high school in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province on a field trip to the Himalayan country. Also on the plane is a Korean trekker surnamed Kim that was injured by falling rocks in the quake's aftermath while hiking the Langtang mountainous region near Kathmandu.

Kim said 45 Korean climbers in the Pading area still remain in their lodges, unable to descend the mountain. He added that to his knowledge, other Korean hiking teams are also stranded in mountains in other regions in Nepal.

The plane is expected to arrive at Incheon International Airport at 6:25 p.m. Thursday.

The Korean Embassy in Nepal has set up a help desk at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to assist Koreans in their return home. 

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