A Nepalese passenger plane went missing on Sunday, 29 May. It has been reported that there were 22 people on board the Twin Otter aircraft. The plane started its journey in Pokhara at 9:55.
The aircraft lost contact soon after it left
Soon after it left, it lost contact with air traffic control. Spokesperson for Tara Air Sudarshan Bartaula said the aircraft was bound for Jomsom.
“A domestic flight bound for Jomsom from Pokhara has lost contact,”said Bartaula.
Search operations are ongoing
Bartaula says there were 19 passengers and three crew members on board. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs Phanindra Mani Pokharel said two helicopters have been sent out to search for the plane.
Pokharel explained that visibility was low adding that it may hamper the search.
“The bad weather is likely to hamper the search operation. The visibility is so poor that nothing can be seen,”said Pokharel.
EWN reports that Nepal has a poor air safety record. This poor record can be attributed to insufficient maintenance of aircraft and lack of adequate training.
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