Seven British nationals were among 19 people killed in an airplane crash in Nepal today, the Foreign Office said in a statement posted on its website.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a trade visit to Brazil, said the U.K. government is doing everything it can to help the families of those who died.
“It is an absolutely horrific incident and obviously I feel for the families concerned,” Cameron told reporters in Rio de Janeiro. “We will have to find out exactly what happened. It is a deeply, deeply tragic case.”
The Sita Air plane was on a flight to the Everest region when it crashed shortly after taking off from Kathmandu. The aircraft got into difficulty after hitting a vulture, the BBC reported, citing airport officials.
John Tucknott, the British ambassador to Nepal, said his staff is offering consular assistance to the bereaved and that he has visited the Tribhuvan University hospital, where the casualties were taken.
“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,” Tucknott said in a statement. “Our thoughts at the moment are with the friends and families of those who lost their lives this morning.”