Nepal Tara Air plane missing 4 Indians among 22 people onboard,
Poor weather impeded a search operation for a passenger jet with 22 people on board that went missing in Nepal on Sunday, according to the operating airline and officials.
Nepal’s aviation business has exploded in recent years, transporting goods and people between remote locations, as well as foreign trekkers and climbers. However, it has a bad safety record.
At 9:55 AM Tara Air Twin Otter aircraft took off from Pokhara, Nepal, destined for Jomsom, but air traffic control lost touch after 15 minutes.
“We’re attempting to figure out where the aircraft might be,” Sudarshan Bartaula, a Tara Air official.
“Both the police and the army are sending search and rescue teams in that direction.”
There were 19 passengers and three crew members on board, he said. Two Germans and four Indians were among the passengers, with the rest being Nepali.
Jomsom is a popular Himalayan trekking destination about 20 minutes by plane from Pokhara, which is 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Kathmandu.
Phanindra Mani Pokharel, a spokeswoman at the Ministry of Home Affairs, said two helicopters had been sent for a search operation.
“The search is expected to be hampered by the severe weather. Nothing can be seen because the visibility is so bad “Pokharel explained.
In conjunction with the incident, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu released an emergency hotline number, +977-9851107021.