Published on : Monday, May 30, 2022
All passengers on board the aircraft that crashed in Nepal are feared dead, a government official told today as rescue teams pulled out bodies from the wreckage of the plane that had 22 people, including 4 Indians, on board.
It is according to the news report, a domestic flight bound to Jomsom from Pokhara has lost contact, Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesman for Tara Air. He said there were 19 passengers and three crew members on board the twin-engine aircraft.
A similar Tara Air Twin Otter plane had gone missing in 2016 with 23 people on board. The wreckage of the plane was later found near the village of Dana in Myagdi district. All 23 on board perished in the crash.
This missing aircraft had 4 Indian citizens on board, among others. “The aircraft was seen over the sky of Jomsom in Mustang and then had diverted to Mt. Dhaulagiri after which it hadn’t come into contact,” Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma confirmed.
Phanindra Mani Pokharel, a spokesman at the Ministry of Home Affairs, told that two helicopters have been deployed for a search operation. But he said visibility was low. The bad weather is likely to hamper the search operation. The visibility is so poor that nothing can be seen.
Jomsom is a popular trekking destination in the Himalayas about 20 minutes by plane from Pokhara, which lies west of Kathmandu.
Ram Kumar Dani, the locals from Titi have called and informed us that they have heard an unusual sound as if there was some bang. We are deploying a helicopter to the area for the search operation.
The Home Ministry deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara for the search for missing aircraft. A Nepal Army chopper was also being prepared to be deployed for the search, Phadindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson at Home Ministry told ANI over the phone.
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