A passenger plane with 22 people missing in Nepal
A passenger plane carrying 22 passengers went missing in Nepal, the operating airline and officials said, adding that the search for the plane was hampered due to bad weather.
The twin-engine aircraft, operated by Tara Air, took off from the western town of Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. local time for Jomsom but lost control of air traffic control 15 minutes later.
“We are trying to locate a possible area where the aircraft could be,” said Tara Air spokesman Sudarshan Bhartola.
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He said police and army search and rescue teams were heading in that direction, with 19 passengers and three crew members on board, two Germans and four Indians, and the rest Nepalese.
The crash happened at Lukla Airport, the main gateway to the Everest region, and is considered one of the most difficult places in the world to land and take off.