An aircraft carrying 21 people has crashed in the north of Nepal.

The aircraft belonging to Agni Air was triying to land at Jomsom airport, a key trekking hub.

Reports said six people had survived and there were 15 deaths . Several Indian nationals were said to be on board.

“The plane was about to land at Jomsom airport. It hit a muddy slope and the plane is now buried in the side of the hill,” police spokesman Binod Singh told the AFP news agency.

The aircraft was carrying 18 passengers and three crew members, and had been travelling to Jomsom from the city of Pokhara.

Survivors have been taken to hospital in Pokhara for treatment.

Last year 19 people were killed when an aircraft carrying tourists to view Mount Everest crashed outside Kathmandu.