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A plane with 22 people on board disappeared while flying in the mountains of Nepal this Sunday, according to information issued by the authorities.
the plane of Tara Airlines it was flying on a popular tourist route before disappearing without a trace.
Overcast weather has prevented search helicopters from taking off in the area of the flight’s last known location.authorities said.
“A search helicopter returned to Jomsom due to bad weather without locating the plane.”, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement.
“Helicopters are ready to take off to search from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom once weather conditions improve. Army and police search teams have set out for the site.”
A ground, rescue and search team has been deployed to the area near Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest peak at 8,167 meters, police official Prem Kumar Dani said.
The plane was on a scheduled 15-minute flight to the mountainous city of Jomsom; took off from the resort city of Pokhara, 125 miles east of Kathmandu.
The aircraft lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff; the airline confirmed that the plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis, including three crew members. Seven of the passengers were women, she said.
The country’s meteorological office said there was thick cloud cover in the Pokhara-Jomson area since morning; It has been raining in the area for the past few days, but flights continue to operate normally.
Planes on that route fly between mountains before landing in a valley. It is a popular route among foreign hikers who travel the mountain trails.
Also the route is favored by Indian and Nepalese pilgrims who visit the revered Muktinath temple.
Nepal is home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Everest.
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