Tara Air Missing: Expected crash, Search ongoing says Nepal Army

Tara Air Missing: The search for the Tara Air plane that went missing this morning while traveling from Pokhara to Jomsom has begun, according to the Nepal Army (NA).

NA ground personnel and a helicopter with rescue teams are attempting to find the plane, according to Nepal Army Spokesperson Brig Gen Narayan Silwal (Tara Air). “It’s thought that the incident happened in and near Lete, Mustang. The attempts are being hampered by poor visibility caused by terrible weather,” he added.

The twin otter with the call sign 9N-AET left Pokhara Airport for Jomsom this morning carrying 19 passengers (12 Nepali, four Indian and two German nationals) and three crew members.

The jet took off at 9:55 a.m. from Pokhara Airport and was due to arrive in Jomsom at 10:13 a.m.

The aircraft last had contact with the Jomsom Airport at 10:07 a.m., according to Tara Air. Due to bad weather, a chopper that had gone in search of the missing plane had to return to Jomsom Airport without finding it.

Choppers have been maintained on standby at Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Jomsom airports for search and rescue operations as soon as the weather clears, according to the airline.