No word on the survivors as the Nepal Army finds the wreckage of the missing Tara Air plane in the mountains.
The Nepal Army has located the wreckage of a missing plane a day after it went missing with 22 people on board.
Army spokesman Narayan Silwan said on Monday that “search and rescue troops have physically located the plane crash site.”
He posted a photo on Twitter of the wreckage with the plane’s tail number visible and parts of the plane scattered on the edge of a mountain.
Crash site: Sanosware, Thasang-2, Mustang pic.twitter.com/OcN93N1Qyb
— NA Spokesperson (@NaSpokesperson) May 30, 2022
There was no word on the survivors.
Four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalese were on board the plane, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter operated by private company Tara Air, according to the airline and government officials.
The plane took off on Sunday from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 kilometers (80 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, and was heading for Jomsom, about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Pokhara , a popular tourist and pilgrimage site. .
The plane, which was on a scheduled 20-minute flight, lost contact with the airport tower about to land in an area of deep gorges and mountain peaks.
Weather and darkness had halted the search overnight, but an army helicopter and private helicopters resumed the search on Monday morning.
Deo Chandra Lal Karna, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), said five helicopters were ready to assist in the rescue process.
Flight tracking website Flightradar24 said the plane, registered 9N-AET, first flew in April 1979.
Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, including Everest, has a record for air crashes. Its weather can change suddenly, and airstrips are usually located in hard-to-reach mountainous areas.
In early 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed on landing and burst into flames, killing 51 of the 71 people on board.