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Plane with 22 people on board missing in Nepal

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A plane operated by a private airline in Nepal disappeared on Sunday with 22 people on board, officials said, adding that cloudy weather prevented helicopters from flying over the suspected area of disappearance. A plane carrying 22 people was reported missing over a mountainous area in Nepal, Tara Air and authorities announced on Sunday May 29, as poor weather conditions complicate search operations. Twin Otter had taken off from the city of Pokhara (central western Nepal) at 9:55 a.m. before losing radio contact. AFP Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesman for the Kathmandu-based company. Three crew members and 19 passengers are on board the aircraft, he said. “We are trying to locate the area where the plane could be,” Sudarshan Bartaula, gatekeeper, told AFP. -word of Tara Air. “Police and army rescue teams are on their way”, he added.>> To see on France 24: FOCUS – Nepal: Lo Manthang, a fortress perched on the roof of the worldJomsom, known as a starting point for trekkers in the Himalayas, is a twenty-minute flight from Pokhara, the country’s second largest city, 200 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu.Phanindra Mani Pokharel, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior said two helicopters were dispatched for search operations. But visibility was poor, he added. “Bad weather could slow down search operations. Visibility is so low, you can’t see anything,” he said. Nepalese air transport has boomed in recent years, carrying tourists, walkers and mountaineers, as well as goods, in remote and hard-to-reach places by road. Numerous air disasters Nepal, a poor country in the Himalayas, has a poor air safety record due to insufficient pilot training and maintenance. The European Union has banned all Nepalese airlines from accessing its airspace for security reasons. The country also has some of the most remote and dangerous runways in the world, set among snow-capped peaks. , killing 51. The following year, three people died after a plane failed to take off and hit two helicopters. The accident occurred at Lukla airport, gateway to Everest, which has the reputation of being one of the airports in the world where it is the most complicated to land and take off. >> To read on France 24: Everest, symbol of the excesses of mass tourism The deadliest accident dates back to 1992, when 167 people were killed on board a Pakistan International Airlines flight near the airport of Kathmandu. Two months earlier, a Thai Airways plane crashed in the same area, killing 113 people. In May, Nepal’s second international airport opened in Bhairahawa, to allow Buddhist pilgrims from all over Asia to access to the birthplace of the Buddha, in Lumbini, nearby.

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