Plane missing in Nepal with 23 on board

  • 24/02/2016
(Reuters)
(Reuters)

A small plane has crashed in Nepal in bad weather, killing all 23 people on board, in the country's second air disaster in as many years.

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was on a flight from Pokhara, 125km west of Kathmandu, to Jomsom when it lost contact with the control tower.

"It has broken into pieces," police officer Bishwaraj Khadka told Reuters from Myagdi, the town nearest the crash site.

"There are no survivors."

Officials said thick fog had enveloped the Mustang area where Jomsom is located.

Two helicopters took part in the search-and-rescue mission, Pokhara airport official Yogendra Kunwar said, but bad weather grounded them both for a time.

"In the mountains, the weather changes quickly and it's difficult," police officer Mahendra Kumar Poudel told DPA by phone.

Most of the passengers on board were believed to be Nepalis. There were two minors on the plane, according to police, and two foreigners -- one from Kuwait, the other from China.

A similar aircraft crashed in west Nepal in 2014, killing 18 people.

Jomsom is located in the mountains of central Nepal.

Newshub. / AAP / DPA