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A Nepalese plane with 22 people on board, including four Indians, is missing;  Helicopter sent to lost contact zone

A Nepalese passenger plane with 22 people on board, including four Indians, reportedly vanished in the Himalayan mountains on Sunday morning, officials said. A Tara Air plane, which was on a scheduled 15-minute flight to the mountain town of Jomsom, lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff at 9:55 a.m., a Tara Air official said as quoted by the Kathmandu Post newspaper.

According to an air traffic controller at Jomsom Airport, this was an unconfirmed report of loud noise reported in the Ghasa area of ​​Jomsom, according to the Post report. A helicopter was dispatched to the area where the plane was last contacted, an air traffic controller at Jomsom airport said.

Last contact was made in the Lete Pass area. The plane was also carrying 13 Nepalese, two Germans and three crew members, according to media reports.

Heavy rain has been reported in the area for the past two days, but flights have been operating as normal. It is a popular route for Indian and Nepali tourists and pilgrims visiting the revered Muktinath Temple, located at the foot of Thorong La Pass in Mustang.

First post: STI

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