May 29, 2022

Nepal plane crashes with 22 onboard

A small passenger plane operated by a private airline in Nepal crashed on Sunday with 22 people on board, including four Indians, officials said.

The Tara Air aircraft took off at 9.55 AM from Pokhara, and lost contact with the control tower 15 minutes later, according to an airline spokesperson. The crashed plane was later found at Kowang village.

"According to the information given by the locals, the Tara Air plane crashed at the mouth of the Lamche river under the landslide of Manapathi Himal. Nepal Army is moving towards the site from the ground and air route," Army spokesperson Narayan Silwal was quoted as saying by ANI.

Apart from the four Indian nationals (who are from Mumbai), two Germans and 13 Nepali passengers were on board the Twin Otter 9N-AET plane, a spokesperson at the airlines said.

The airline issued the list of passengers which identified four Indians as Ashok Kumar Tripathi, Dhanush Tripathi, Ritika Tripathi, and Vaibhawi Tripathi.

The aircraft was scheduled to land at Jomsom Airport in the Western mountainous region at 10:15 am.

The aircraft lost contact with the tower from the sky above Ghorepani on the Pokhara-Jomsom air route, aviation sources said.

According to an air traffic controller at Jomsom Airport, they have an unconfirmed report about a loud noise in Ghasa of Jomsom.