feb 24, 2016- The wreckage of a Tara Air Twin Otter, which had gone missing minutes after taking off from Pokhara on Wednesday morning, was found in Solighopte in Dana VDC of Myagdi district in the afternoon. All 23 people on board were killed.
The turboprop aircraft, which was on a 20-minute scheduled flight to Jomsom, a popular trekking destination, had lost contact with air traffic control 10 minutes after take-off.
The plane, with registration 9N-AHH, had taken off at 7:50am. It was found crashed at around 1:30pm.
Nepal Army had deployed a helicopter and soldiers on foot to search the aircraft in the difficult terrain, immediately after the plane was reported missing. Two Air Dynasty choppers were also mobilised and six high-altitude Sherpas have also been sent to the site.
Based on the information from locals, squads of the Army, the Armed Police Force and Nepal Police had reached the crash site on foot and started rescue operations at around 2pm. The joint rescue team had plucked 17 bodies from the wreckage before halting the operations for the day due to bad weather.
“All 23 on board have been killed,” said Tara Airlines in a statement.
Among the deceased two were foreign nationals-one Chinese and one Kuwaiti. All others, including three crew members and two children, were Nepali nationals.
NA Spokesperson Brig General Tara Bahadur Karki said it was tough to continue the operations due to difficult terrain and bad weather.