Five Chinese are among the dead in a plane crash Friday on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu which killed all 19 on board, according to a revised police toll.
"The plane crash in the capital has caused the death of 12 foreigners, including seven British and five Chinese tourists. The remaining seven, including three crew members, are Nepalese, said Nepal Police spokesman Binod Singh.
Police had initially said five Japanese, two Italians and a Briton were killed in the crash but later corrected the information, which had been given in error by an officer at the crash site.
Tulasha Pokharel, a 26-year-old housewife living near the Manohara river, told AFP she was among the first on the scene after the crash.
"We could hear people inside the aircraft screaming, but we couldn't throw water at the plane to put out the fire because we were scared that the engines were about to explode."
The pilot of a plane which came down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital on Friday told traffic controllers that the aircraft had hit a bird, Kathmandu airport said.
"Immediately after the take off, the air traffic controllers noticed the aircraft making unusual manoeuvres. When the controller asked the pilot about it, he said the plane had struck a bird," Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, told reporters.