Kathmandu: A small Tara air passenger plane, 9N-AHH Twin Otter, with 23 people – 20 passengers and three crew members that went missing on Wednesday after it took off from Pokhara to reach Jomshom has crashed and all people on board have been killed, said Nepal civil aviation minister Ananda Prasad Pokharel.
The small aircraft was on a domestic flight and went missing when it was flying over the Himalayas. As many as 20 passengers were on board the plane out of which two were foreigners. However, the nationalities were yet not known. Three crew members were also on the aircraft.
Tara air confirmed the missing report of the people with NewsX . No Indians were onboard.
The approximately 20-minute flight from Jomsom town in Mustang district to Pokhara, some 200 kms from here, could have crashed in Rupse in Myagdi district in northern Nepal, The Kathmandu Post reported.
Mustang district is located beyond the Himalayas and any flight has to cross difficult geographical terrain and deep rocky cliffs.
Bishowraj Khadka, police chief of Myagdi district, said locals informed them about huge flames in Rupse area and said they were headed to it, the report added.
The aircraft was added to the fleet last September. According to the officials, search and rescue operations have been launched.