New Delhi: A Nepal Tara Air’s 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft carrying 22 passengers, including four Indians and three Japanese nationals – flying from Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal, lost its contact with the airport authorities, said officials on Sunday morning.
Rest of the 15 people, including the crew members, were Nepali citizens, according to the state media. The aircraft took off at 9.55 am and went off the radar shortly thereafter, was flying from India’s Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal.
Chief district officer Netra Prasad Sharma said, “The aircraft was seen over the sky of Jomsom in Mustang district and then had diverted to Mount Dhaulagiri after which it hadn’t come into contact.”
DSP of District Police Office, Mustang, Ram Kumar Dani told media “We are deploying helicopter to the area for search operation.”
Phadindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson at Home Ministry told media, Home Ministry has deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara for the search for missing aircraft. Nepal Army chopper is also being prepared to be deployed for the search.