The leader of the international team probing last week's crash of a Thai Airways jetliner in the Himalayas has died of altitude sickness, a government official said Wednesday.

The Nepalese army, meanwhile, combed the area for human remains and aircraft parts from Friday's fiery crash, which killed 113 people, including 11 Americans. Rescuers have salvaged only limbs, torsos and two charred bodies.Gordon Corps, a British test pilot for the plane's European manufacturer, Airbus Industrie, on Tuesday collapsed at 11,500 feet on the Talkuassir mountain, said the Nepalese official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Corps, who led the eight-member team, died while he was being brought down to the camp where the salvage operation is based, the official said.

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A helicopter that was to bring Corps' body to Katmandu was stranded because of bad weather at a makeshift helipad in Tula, a 8,500-feet-high village on the mountain slope.

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