No hope of survivors in deadly Nepal crash

Rescuers have no chance of finding any survivors of Nepal's deadliest plane crash in 30 years, officials say, but workers will continue to search for the remains of the last missing passenger.

Rescue teams used drones and rappelled down deep gorges on Tuesday to sift through the charred remains of the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 turboprop, which was carrying 72 people when it crashed near the tourist city of Pokhara on Sunday morning.

"There is no possibility of finding any survivor. We have collected 71 bodies so far. The search for the last one will continue," Tek Bahadur KC, a top district official in Pokhara, said on Wednesday.

Australian man Myron William Love was confirmed as one of the passengers who perished.

The 29-year-old Sydneysider was identified as a casual teacher from Bronte and an avid surfer, cyclist, photographer and traveller. His family described him as a rock who always lived life to the fullest.

Identifying bodies and accounting for all 72 people ha been difficult because of the state of the remains, said Ajay KC, a police official at the rescue site.

"Until the hospital tests show all 72 bodies, we'll continue to search for the last person," Ajay KC said.

Search teams found 68 bodies on the day of the crash, and two more were recovered on Monday before the search was called off.

One more body had been recovered as of late Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Teams had diverted the flow of a nearby river to look for bodies, said Gurudutt Ghimire, another official who is part of search operations.

"There is nothing left there. But the search will continue," Ghimire said.

An airport official said 48 bodies were brought to the capital Kathmandu on Tuesday and sent to a hospital for autopsies, while 22 bodies were being handed over to families in Pokhara.

Tulsi Kandel, who works at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, said it could take up to a week to complete the autopsies.

On Monday, searchers found the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the flight, both in good condition, a discovery that is likely to help investigators determine what caused the crash.

Because Nepal does not have facilities to read the so called black boxes, the devices will be sent wherever the manufacturer recommends.

Under international aviation rules, the crash investigation agencies of the countries where the plane and engines were designed and built are automatically part of the inquiry.

ATR is based in France and the plane's engines were manufactured in Canada by Pratt & Whitney Canada.

French and Canadian air accident investigators have said they plan to take part in the probe.