KATHMANDU (AFP) - Rescue teams in Nepal scouring the wreckage of a military plane that crashed in a remote hunting reserve have recovered the bodies of all six people on board, police said Wednesday. The Britten-Norman Islander plane was returning to the capital Kathmandu from a medical rescue mission near the Indian border on Tuesday evening when it lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather. The bodies were found at the site of the crash in the Dhorpatan hunting reserve, a five-day trek from the central city of Pokhara, senior police officer Uma Prasad Chaturbedi said. All six bodies have been recovered. The rescuers will carry them to a helicopter which is three hours walk. From there, they will be airlifted to Kathmandu, he added. One badly burned body has been identified as male. The bodies were scattered within 50-60 metres (165-200 feet) from the crash site. Chaturbedi said heavy fog, snow and extreme cold had hampered the rescue efforts. The place is very remote, he said. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion before seeing the aircraft crash into dense jungle on the side of a hill and burst into a fireball. Debris was found up to 100 metres from the site of the impact. The army lost contact with the plane at 7:05 pm (1320 GMT) after it had taken off from the city of Nepalgunj in southwestern Nepal. Locals said they saw the aircraft descending in the dark without any lights, The Kathmandu Post reported. There was a loud bang and there was a fire on the hill, witness Lal Kumari Thapa told the newspaper. The crew on the flight which was transporting a critically ill soldier back to Kathmandu included a doctor, a medical assistant, the patient, his brother and two army pilots. The Nepal Army announced it had set up a seven-member panel headed by one of its pilots to investigate the cause of the crash. Nepal has no air force, but flies several aircraft within the Nepalese Army Service, also known as the Nepal Army Air Wing. The Islander aircraft, normally used for surveillance missions, was donated to Nepal by Britain during the Maoist rebellion in 2005. Aviation accidents are relatively common in the landlocked Himalayan country, which has only a limited road network, with many communities in the mountains and hills accessible only on foot or by air. Many previous crashes have also occurred in bad weather.