Tara Air Missing: Tara Air’s Twin Otter jet, which was traveling from Pokhara to Jomsom, has been missing since Sunday morning.
According to a statement released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the 9N-AET jet carrying 19 passengers took off from Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. and lost touch at 10:07 a.m. in the Ghodepani area.
According to a Jomsom Airport air traffic controller, there has been an unconfirmed report of loud noise in Ghasa, Jomsom.
According to the air traffic controller at Jomsom Airport, a helicopter has been dispatched to the regions where the last communication was made.
Lete Pass was where the last contact was made.
Thirteen Nepalis, four Indians, two Germans, and three crew members were onboard the jet.
The search attempts at the site where the plane was last sighted by residents have been impeded by severe weather, according to the Chief District Officer of Myagdi Chiranjibi Rana.
Locals said the jet did two circuits at Khaibang before heading to Kiti Danda near Lete Pass, (2,500m).
“A police squad has been dispatched to the scene. “It’s a 12-hour trek from Lete to the location,” he claimed. “The area where the plane was last seen by residents had no human habitation.”
“The helicopter will commence airborne operations as soon as the weather improves,” Rana stated.
In the Lete area, the Nepal Army has also deployed troops.
“Both ground and aircraft search and rescue teams have been activated.” Brigadier General Narayan Silwal, a Nepal Army spokeswoman, told the Post, “We have yet to trace the plane.”
According to the army, an MI-17 chopper has also been despatched from Kathmandu to Lete.
“We will start operations as soon as the weather improves,” Silwal stated.
This is a developing story.
Correction: The time when the jet lost communication has also been amended in this report. The plane lost touch around 9:55 a.m., according to an earlier report.