Contact with a Tara Air plane in Nepal has been lost. The plane took off on Sunday morning. According to airport officials, Tara Air's double-engine aircraft took off from Pokhara to Jomsom this morning. The last contact with the plane was made at 9.55 am. Officials said that the plane was only on a 15-minute flight and has 22 passengers on board. Let us tell you that Tara Air Company mainly flies Twin Otter aircraft manufactured in Canada.
4 Indians and 3 Japanese nationals aboard
According to local media in Nepal, 4 Indians and 3 Japanese nationals are also on board the missing plane. All the rest were Nepalese nationals and the plane had a total of 22 passengers including the crew. According to the media, officials are constantly trying to establish contact.
Let us tell you that Jomsom is a popular route for foreign climbers who go trekking in the mountainous areas. A large number of Indian and Nepalese pilgrims visit the revered Muktinath temple here.
Army helicopter engaged in the search operation
Nepali Army spokesman Narayan Silwal said that a Mi-17 helicopter of the Nepalese Army has recently left for Layte, Mustang. At the same time, according to Nepal's Home Ministry spokesperson Fadindra Mani Pokharel, the ministry has also deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara to search for the missing aircraft.
Contact lost after reaching Mount Dhaulagiri
Chief District Officer there Netra Prasad Sharma told ANI that the plane was spotted over the skies of Jomsom in Mustang district and then diverted towards Mount Dhaulagiri. He said that since then it has not come in contact.
The plane crashed in 2016
Let us tell you that in the year 2016, a plane of Tara crashed after going missing. According to the information, the Tara plane carrying 23 missing passengers had crashed in the mountainous area of northern Nepal. All the passengers were killed in this accident. The total flight time was 19 minutes, but the plane lost contact eight minutes after takeoff.