According to media reports citing airline officials, a small passenger plane operated by a private airline in Nepal went missing on Sunday with 22 people on board, including four Indians.
According to preliminary reports, the Tara Air 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft was travelling from the tourist destination of Pokhara, about 200 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu, to Jomsom, about 80 kilometres northwest. At 9:55 a.m. local time, the aircraft was reported to have lost communication.
“The aircraft was sighted over the sky of Jomsom in Mustang district and then diverted to Mt. Dhaulagiri, after which it did not come into contact,” said Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma, according to a news agency.
The plane was carrying four Indians and three Japanese passengers. According to State Television, the remaining passengers were Nepalese citizens, and the plane carried 22 people, including the crew.
According to police, the plane crashed in the “Titi” area of Lete in the mountainous Mustang district, which is the fifth-largest district in the Himalayan nation and home to the Muktinath Temple pilgrimage.
“Locals in Titi contacted us after hearing a strange sound, as if there had been a bang. We’re sending a helicopter to the region to help with the search “Mustang District Police Officer Ram Kumar Dani.
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