“Contact has been lost”. A plane carrying 22 people was reported missing over a mountainous area of Nepal, the airline Tara Air announced on Sunday. “Contact was lost with a domestic flight which was to connect the city of Jomsom from Pokhara” , said Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesman for the Kathmandu-based company. A total of three crew members and 19 passengers are on board the aircraft, he said. The twin-engined Twin Otter had taken off from the city of Pokhara, in central western Nepal, at 09:55 (4:10 GMT) before losing radio contact. Bad weather could slow down the search The plane was carrying 13 Nepalese, four Indians, two Germans and three crew members, according to The Kathmandu Post. Two helicopters were dispatched for the search operations, despite poor visibility, said Phanindra Mani Pokharel, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior. “Bad weather could slow down search operations. Visibility is so low, you can’t see anything,” he said. , 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu.
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