Search and rescue op for missing Nepal plane called off for day due to snowfall: Official

  • Nepal plane incident: The chief of the Tribhuvan International Airport said the status of the aircraft was yet to be ascertained.
Handout image shows Tara Air's DHC-6 Twin Otter, tail number 9N-AET, in Simikot, Nepal.(REUTERS)
Handout image shows Tara Air's DHC-6 Twin Otter, tail number 9N-AET, in Simikot, Nepal.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 29, 2022 06:13 PM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

The small plane of a local airline with 22 people on board, including four Indians, that went missing earlier in the day was found at Kowang village in Mustang. The chief of the Tribhuvan International Airport said the status of the aircraft was yet to be ascertained.

However, due to snowfall at the possible air crash site, the search and rescue operation had to be called off for the day, a senior official of the airport said. “All the helicopters deployed for search and rescue have been called back to bases,” Premnath Thakur, general manager of the airport, said, according to ANI inputs.

Read here for live updates

The Twin Otter 9N-AET plane belonging to Nepal's Tara Air took off at 10.15am from Pokhara, and lost contact with the control tower 15 minutes later, according to an airline spokesperson.

According to Reuters, state-owned Nepal Television said villagers had seen an aircraft on fire at the source of the river at the foot of the Manapathi. Search teams had been sent to the site of the fire spotted by the locals.

A spokesperson of the Nepal Army, Narayan Silwal, said the aircraft crashed at the mouth of the Lamche river under the landslide of Manapathi Himal. This, he said was according to information shared by locals with the Nepal Army. “The Nepal Army is moving towards the site from the ground and air route,” Silwal was quoted as saying by ANI

Also read | Indian embassy on missing plane

An earlier PTI report, citing My Republica newspaper, said an army helicopter of Nepal carrying 10 soldiers and two employees of the civil aviation authority had landed on the bank of a river near the Narshang Monastery, the possible site of the crash.

Police officers said the aircraft is suspected to have crashed in the "Titi" area of Lete in Mustang district. "Locals from Titi have called and informed us that they have heard an unusual sound as if there was some bang. We are deploying a helicopter to the area for the search operation," ANI quoted Ram Kumar Dani, a senior police officer, quoted as saying.

The airline issued a list of passengers, four of whom were identified as Indians, besides two Germans and 13 Nepali passengers and a three-member Nepali crew.

The aircraft was scheduled to land at Jomsom Airport in the western mountainous region at 10:15am. It lost contact with the tower from the sky above Ghorepani on the Pokhara-Jomsom air route, officials said. 

(With inputs from agencies)


    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • US First Lady Jill Biden looks on as US President Joe Biden signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Saturday. (AFP)

    ‘Do something’: Joe Biden signs rare bipartisan gun control legislation

    United States President Joe Biden signed a rare bipartisan bill which institutionalises a set of limited gun safety measures on Saturday into law. The first legislative reform in three decades on the issue was sparked by a recent spike in mass shoutings across the country, especially a hate crime in Buffalo that killed ten people and a school shooting in Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers.

  • People wait in a long queues to buy fuel for their vehicles at a filling station in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices as US delegation arrives

    Sri Lanka hiked fuel prices on Sunday, creating further pain for ordinary people as officials from the United States arrived for talks aimed at alleviating the island's dire economic crisis. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation said it raised the price of diesel, used widely in public transport, by 15 percent to 460 rupees ($1.27) a litre while upping petrol 22 percent to 550 rupees ($1.52).

  • China’s Dandong warned of risks for continuous Covid flareups (STR / AFP)

    China’s Dandong warned of risks for continuous Covid flareups

    The Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, warned on Sunday of a persistent risk of new Covid-19 flareups as it gradually opens up from a weekslong lockdown. The city reported seven asymptomatic cases for Saturday -- half the total number of cases in all of mainland China for the day. Read: Beijing to reopen schools, Shanghai declares victory over Covid Beijing reported one case for Saturday.

  • bortion rights activists hold signs during a protest in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. 

    Your body belongs to Christ: Anti-abortionists see divine hand in court ruling

    Diana Villanueva's wasn't greeted by the crowds of protestors who often gather outside facilities in the United States to try to persuade women to change their minds. After you go through what you go through then you ponder what you did. That's when the remorse starts kicking in." "A lot of those ladies say: 'It's my body, my choice'. It's not your body; your body belongs to Christ."

  • Former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan gestures during a press conference in Islamabad.

    Staff found planting spy device in Imran Khan's room. Here's what happened next

    A spying attempt on former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has been foiled, Pakistan's ARY News reported. An employee was allegedly paid to install a device in the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief's bedroom. PTI leader Shehbaz Gill claimed that an employee who cleans the former prime minister's room was paid to install the spy device, terming the act heinous and unfortunate. The PTI leader alleged.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, June 26, 2022