NEPAL Plane crash with 21 on board people a small plane on Wednesday flying in poor visibility in bad weather over mountainous terrain in Nepal has gone missing and feared to have crashed, officials said. killing all 23 people on board. Domestic airline Tara Air said rescue helicopters had been deployed to search for the Twin Otter aircraft, 125 km (80 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, to Jomsom when it lost contact with the control tower on Wednesday morning. A plane that took off from Pokhara for Jomsom this morning is out of contact tara Air spokesman Bhim Raj Rai told AFP. There are 18 passengers, including two foreigners, and three crew members on board. After few hours the plane has broken into pieces police officer Bishwaraj Khadka told Reuters from Myagdi, the town nearest the crash site. One passenger was later confirmed to be from China and another a Kuwaiti national. All the others were from Nepal and two were children.
NEPAL Plane crash with 21 on board people
The airline have dispatched three helicopters on a search and rescue mission, will provide updates as they come. The weather at both origin and destination airports was favorable and the airport cleared for departure by the control tower at Pokhara.
Weather conditions were good when the plane took off for Jomsom, a popular trekking destination in the Himalayas about 20 minutes flight from Pokhara, which lies 225km west of Kathmandu said the statement. Official Yogendra Kuwar said the plane was on an 18-minute flight Wednesday, but lost contact after takeoff. He said there were no landing strips between the two airports the plane was flying between.
Aviation Minister Aananda Prasad Pokhrel confirmed that the plane was found crashed at a jungle in Kekarko Butta in the district. Myagdi district DSP Bishwa Raj Khadka said the plane was completely destroyed by fire upon crash.