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Plane disappears in Nepal with 22 people on board

Plane disappears in Nepal with 22 people on board

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Nepal has suspended search and rescue efforts for a plane carrying 22 people that went missing on Sunday. An army spokesman cited “loss of daylight and bad weather” for the comment.

Air and ground efforts will resume in the morning, according to an army spokesman He said on Twitter at 7

The aircraft, a DHC-6-300 Twin Otter operated by private airline Tara Air, was lost shortly after It takes off from Pokhara, central Nepal, at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, according to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu.

The plane was heading to Jomsom, near Nepal’s border with Tibet. The flight duration was supposed to be 20 minutes.

Tara Aviation Tell Reuters said the plane was carrying four Indians, Germans and 16 Nepalese, including three crew members.

Nepal army spokesman He said At around 2 p.m., military personnel and helicopters were “trying to locate them.” [the] The plane, which was believed to be “in and around Leyt”, was about 22 miles south of Jomsom.

But the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority said in a press release on Sunday that at least one search helicopter had returned to Jomsom “due to bad weather conditions, without specifying the location of the aircraft”. according to to Reuters.

“The helicopters are ready to take off for search from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom as soon as the weather improves,” the aviation authorities said in a statement. “The search teams of the army and the police left towards the site.”

as To Flightradar24, a website that tracks flights in real time around the world, Tara Air’s flight has stopped sending a signal around Shikha, a mountainous region north of Pokhara. The plane lost contact with control tower shortly after taking off on its short flight from Pokhara, according to the Associated Press. mentioned.

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23 people died in 2016 when a Twin Otter operated by Tara Air flying the same route from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed and was later found near the village About 30 miles south of Jomsom.

The International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency, A review of the civil aviation industry in Nepal In 2017 it found that the country was below the global average in accident investigation. Nepal Airlines is banned from flying in EU airspace Because of the “lack of safety oversight by aviation authorities” there.

At least 49 people were killed in Nepal after a plane crashed on landing, officials said