KATMANDU, Nepal - A plane carrying trekkers to the Mount Everest region hit a bird and crashed just after takeoff Friday in Nepal's capital, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said.

The pilot of the domestic Sita Air flight reported trouble two minutes after takeoff and appeared to have been trying to turn back, said Kathmandu airport official Ratish Chandra Suman. The crash site is only 500 metres (547 yards) from the airport, and the wrecked plane was pointing toward the airport area. Suman said the plane hit a vulture just after it took off, causing the crash.

Suman said he could not confirm whether the plane was already on fire before it crashed. Cellphone video shot by locals showed that the front section of the plane was on fire when it first hit the ground and that the pilot apparently had attempted to land the plane on open ground beside a river.

The fire quickly spread to the rear, but the tail was still in one piece at the scene near the Manohara River on the southwest edge of Kathmandu. Villagers were unable to approach the plane because of the fire, and it took some time for firefighters to reach the area and bring the fire under control.

Soldiers and police sifted through the crash wreckage looking for bodies and documents to help identify the victims. Seven passengers were British and five were Chinese; the other four passengers and the three crew members were from Nepal, authorities said.

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    Nepalese rescue team members collect parts of wreckage at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members collect parts of wreckage at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members look at human remains found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    A Nepalese police man carries the black box after it was recovered from a Sita airplane wreckage after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members move bodies found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members move bodies found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members move bodies found in the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of an Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including five Japanese, two Italians and a Briton, police said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of an Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including five Japanese, two Italians and a Briton, police said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT

    Onlookers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO / BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT

    Onlookers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash site in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO / BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT

    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese police prepre to cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese rescue team members climb the tail of the Sita air plane at the crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members gather around at the remains of a Sita air plane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members and onlookers gather around the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese rescue team members looks at the remains of a Sita air plane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and rescue workers show a passport and money collected from the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and rescue workers remove a body from a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese fireman and volunteers look over the wreckage of a Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese fireman and volunteers help extinguish flames from the wreckage of the Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NEPAL-AIR-ACCIDENT-BIRD

    Nepalese fireman and volunteers help extinguish flames from the wreckage of the Sita airplane after it crashed in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ BIKASH KARKI (Photo credit should read BIKASH KARKI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A Nepalese rescue worker carries the flight data recorder of a Sita Air airplane at the crash site near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese police officers move the remains of a Sita Air airplane at the crash site near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed Friday morning in Nepal's capital, and all 19 people on board are believed dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese relative of a crew member cries at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese police salvage debris at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese relative of a crew member is comforted at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese soldier, right, and firefighter display a British passport and a dollar bill found at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed Friday morning in Nepal's capital, and all 19 people on board are believed dead, authorities said. Thirteen people on board were foreigners, while three passengers and the three crew members were from Nepal, said Katmandu airport chief Narayan Bastakoti. (AP Photo)

  • Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers into the Everest region crashed Friday morning in Nepal's capital, and all 19 people on board are believed dead, authorities said. Thirteen people on board were foreigners, while three passengers and the three crew members were from Nepal, said Katmandu airport chief Narayan Bastakoti. (AP Photo)

  • A Nepalese man runs past the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo)

  • Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The A plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepal’s capital, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo)

  • A Nepalese man runs past the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities said. (AP Photo)

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    A fireman looks at flames from the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firemen battle flames from the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Firemen battle flames from the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Onlookers and rescuers are seen near the wreckage of the Sita Air Dornier plane crash in Manohara, on the outskirts of the Kathmandu on September 28, 2012. The small passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital, killing everyone on board including seven Britons and five Chinese, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Nepalese police prepre to cross the Manhora river for the Sita air plane crash site in Manohara, Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.The plane which went down shortly after taking off from Nepal's capital was hit by a bird, the pilot told air traffic controllers moments before the crash, according to Kathmandu airport. Police say all 19 people on board the Sita Air craft were killed in the crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu, including seven Britons and five Chinese. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/GettyImages)

Large numbers of local people and security forces gathered at the crash site. The victims' charred bodies were taken by vans to a hospital morgue.

Relatives of the Nepalese victims cried as they gathered at the Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, where all the victims' bodies were taken.

The weather in Kathmandu and surrounding areas was clear Friday morning, and the plane was one of the first of the day to take off from Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport. Other flights reported no problems, and the airport remained open and operated normally after the crash.

The plane was heading for Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest. Thousands of Westerners make treks in the region around the world's highest peak each year. Autumn is considered the best time to trek the foothills of the Himalayan peaks.

Airline officials identified the British crash victims as Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Franc Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 52, Darren Kelly, 45, Timothy Oakes, 57, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27.

The Nepalese passengers were identified as Kumar Marshyangdi Magar, Lakpa Noru Sherpa, D. Rai and M.K. Tamang. The crew members were pilot Bijay Tandukar, co-pilot Takashi Thapa and hostess Ruju Shakya.

China's government-run Xinhua News Agency identified the Chinese victims as Wu-Hui, Qian-Mingwu, Wu-Lin, Wang-Jhihua and Yang-Chen.

Nepal, with its poor-quality mountain roads and network of little airports, has a long history of small plane crashes. Including Friday's crash, there have been at least six crashes of small planes since October 2008.

The crash follows an avalanche on another Nepal peak Sunday that killed seven foreign climbers and a Nepali guide.

CORRECTION: An earlier headline on this story incorrectly described the plane as a jet.