May 29: Authorities have intensified search for the missing Twin Otter aircraft of Tara Air with call sign ‘9 NAET’ that lost contact with the air control tower while en route to Jomsom of Mustang from Pokhara, Kaski this morning.
According to the Search and Rescue Coordination Center of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the plane that had left Pokhara for Jomsom at 9:55 am had lost contact with the Jomsom Tower at 10:07. The plane had last reported from Ghodepani.
According to the center, a helicopter of Fishtail Air was sent to the site for the search operation but the effort was aborted due to adverse weather, which forced the chopper to fly back to Jomsom.
The centre informed that helicopters are on standby in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom airports for the search efforts and the aerial search for the plane will be resumed once the weather permits.
Separate squads of the Nepalse Army and the Nepal Police have already left for the site to undertake the search efforts.
A total of 22 people including 13 Nepalis, four Indians and two Germans and three crew members were onboard the plane. -- RSS