The Tara Air plane took off from the tourism town of Pokhara, exactly 125 km (80 miles) west of capital Kathmandu, and headed towards Jomsom, around 80 km toward the northwest, officials said.
According to officials who spoke to Reutere, the plane which is operated by a private carrier in Nepal disappeared on Sunday with 22 passengers on board, saying cloudy weather conditions was keeping search helicopters from flying into the region of the flight’s most recent area.
As per a statement released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, one search helicopter got back to Jomsom because of terrible climate without finding the plane.
Presently, helicopters are ready to take off for search from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom once atmospheric conditions move along. Armed force and police search groups have left towards the site.
The airline said the plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis, including three crew. It said, seven (7) of the travelers were women.
The plane lost contact with the control tower five minutes before it was due to land at Jomsom, a famous tourist and pilgrimage site, a carrier official said on state of secrecy.
The country’s weather office said there had been thick clouds which covered the Pokhara-Jomson region starting from the morning.
Police official Prem Kumar Dani said a land rescue-and-search team had been sent to the area near Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-highest peak at 8,167 m (26,795 ft).
Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highesr mountains, including Everest, has a record of air accidents. Its weather conditions can change out of nowhere and airstrips are ordinarily sited in hard to-arrive at uneven regions.
In mid 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines departure from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed on landing and burst into flames, killing 51 of the 71 individuals on board.
In 1992, every one of the 167 people on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it blasted through a slope as it attempted to land in Kathmandu.