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A plane with 22 crew members disappears in Nepal; weather makes searching difficult

The Nepalese authorities this Sunday lost contact with a plane in which 22 people were traveling when the vehicle flew over the west of the countryreported to Eph an official source.

The Twin Otter plane belonging to the Nepalese airline Tara Air was flying from the central city of Pokhara to Jomsom airport in Mustang district when the authorities lost contact around 9:55 local time (4:10 GMT)said to Eph Sudarshan Badtaula, a spokesman for Yeti Airlines, the parent company of Tara Air.

According to the source, on the plane 9N-AET Thirteen Nepalis, four Indians, two Germans and three crew members were travelling.

An air traffic controller at Jomsom airport, who requested anonymity, said they are investigating a report of loud noise in an area called Ghasa, while authorities have sent a helicopter to the area where contact was lost.

The most serious plane crash in recent years in Nepal occurred in March 2018when a US-Bangla Bangladeshi airline plane from Dhaka crashed during landing at Kathmandu International Airport with 67 passengers and four crew members on board.

The incident caused 51 deaths and 20 survivors.becoming the worst air accident since 1992 in Nepal.

In July of that year, 113 people died aboard an Airbus A310-300 of the Thai company Thai Airways, which crashed in the Himalayas while landing at Kathmandu airport.

Just two months later, another plane, this time from the Pakistani airline Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed on approach to Kathmandu airport, an accident that caused 167 deaths, 30 of them Spanish.

Nepal, with frequent plane crashes, It has been the object of repeated international sanctions due to the lack of controls.

The European Union (EU) Nepalese airlines have been banned from entering its territory since 2013.

Bad weather makes it difficult to find the plane

Bad weather has made it difficult to search for the plane, At the moment they have not reported on the status of it or its crew.

“Search efforts are becoming increasingly complex” due to poor visibility and rain, he told Eph Nepal Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Deo Chandra Lal Karna.

The teams of rescue are focusing on an area known as Khaibangin the center of the Asian country, con based on received emergency position transmitter data.

Karna pointed out that the aerial search had to be suspended for visibility reasons and the ground operation “is underway, although it is not clear when they will reach the area.”

Sudarshan Badtaula, a spokesman for Yeti Airlines, the parent company of Tara Air, said the company has mobilized a group of Sherpas to reach the area due to the difficult terrain.

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