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Plane carrying 22 people goes missing in Nepal

A Tara Air DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal, April 2014. Photo: Reuters.

The plane was operated by the private airline Tara Air of Nepal. Its aircraft are mainly Canadian-made Twin Otter models. Tara Air confirmed that on the plane were 4 Indian nationals and 2 foreign guests of unknown nationality.

Erratic weather and rugged mountainous terrain are the main causes of air accidents in Nepal.

Nepal’s Interior Ministry said two helicopters had been deployed to search for the plane carrying 22 people that had gone missing, but bad weather was hampering efforts.

Earlier, Nepal’s private airline Tara Air confirmed that the Twin Otter plane lost contact with the ground shortly after taking off from the town of Pokhara in western Nepal at 9:55 am (local time, or 4:10 am). international). There were 22 people on the plane at that time, including 19 passengers and 3 crew members.

Nepal, a country with most of its territory located in the Himalayas, has recorded many plane crashes due to changing weather and many airports located in difficult locations for takeoff and landing.

The most serious recent air crash in Nepal took place in March 2018, when a Bombardier Q400 of US-Bangla Airlines crashed while landing at Tribhuvan airport, Kathmandu, killing 51 people and injuring 20 others. love.

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