2022 – The crash site of a missing plane with 22 on board is found over Nepal | Nepal

The Nepalese army said it had found the crash site of a plane carrying 22 people that went missing on Sunday.

“Search and rescue forces have located the crash site,” military spokesman Narayan Salwal said on Twitter on Monday, posting a photo of the wreckage in which the plane’s tail number is clearly visible.

The small passenger plane vanished in overcast weather and authorities said poor weather and mountainous terrain hampered their efforts to locate the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, operated by privately owned Tara Air.

Government officials said the plane took off in the morning, a 20-minute flight, but lost contact with control tower five minutes before it was due to land. She had left the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 km west of the capital Kathmandu, and was on her way to Jomsom, a popular area for tourists and pilgrims.

Nepalese state television said villagers saw a plane burning at the source of the Lianko Khola River at the foot of Mount Manabathi in the Himalayas in an area bordering Tibet. “Ground search teams are moving in that direction,” said Tara Air spokesman Sudarshan Gartola. “It could be a fire from the villagers or from the cowboys. It could be anything.”

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) also said that a team is on its way to the area. The airline said the plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalese, including three crew members.

Flight tracker Flightradar24 said the missing plane, registration number 9N-AET, made its maiden flight in April 1979. The meteorological office said there had been a thick cover of clouds in Pokhara Jomsun district since morning.

Nepal, home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, has had a record number of aviation accidents. The weather can change suddenly and the runways are usually located in mountainous areas that are difficult to access.

A Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu on landing in early 2018 crashed and caught fire, killing 51 of the 71 people on board.

In 1992, all 167 people on board a Pakistan International Airlines flight were killed when it hit a hill while trying to land in Kathmandu.