Nepali Tara Air Plane With 22 Onboard Goes Missing

A Tara Air plane with 22 passengers on board has gone missing after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara and headed for Jomsom.

According to an unnamed Tara Air official, the plane lost contact with the control tower five minutes before its expected arrival time.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal confirmed that a 9N-AET Twin Otter carrying 22 people, including three crew members had indeed gone missing and did not arrive in Jomsom.

According to the Nepali home ministry, two German nationals, four Indians, and 13 Nepali citizens are among the 22 people on board the missing Air Tara flight.

Deo Chandra Lal Karna, spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said that search operations are ongoing but bad weather conditions are making it hard.

“We have received a note from Bangalore, India, which tracks the ELT,” said Karna. But due to some complex weather factors, the rescue teams are finding it difficult to reach the probable site. The area is blanketed in dense clouds and it has started to rain too,” said Karna.

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