Aircraft debris is seen scattered at the Agni Air crash site in Shikharapur of Makwanpur near Kathamandu
Nepal plane crashes with 21 onboard (picture for representation purpose only)Reuters

A plane carrying 21 passengers on board crashed in Nepal's mountainous north killing at least nine people Monday, according to official reports.

The Dornier aircraft crashed while trying to land at the Jomsom Airport, a gateway to a popular tourist and trekking destination in Mustang district of Nepal.

Four survivors who were in a critical condition were flown by helicopter to the nearby city of Pokhara for treatment, Associated Press quoted Laxmi Raj Sharma, the chief government administrator of the area, as saying.

Sharma also added that the identity of the nine victims was not known yet.

According to police official Nareswor Aryal, at least 16 Indians are aboard and two passengers are westerners, but it is not known where they are from yet.

The aircraft was found in pieces but did not catch fire. It belongs to the local airline company Agri Air.

We will keep you posted as more details emerge.