A plane operated by a private airline in Nepal disappeared this Sunday (29) with 22 people on board. Authorities say that this time is preventing helicopters from searching for the area of the last known location of the flight.
The Tara Air plane departed from the tourist city of Pokhara, about 125 km west of the capital, Kathmandu, to Jomsom, about 80 km northwest, according to the authorities.
The Flightradar24 flight tracking site says that the de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft disappeared with registration number 9N-AET and was first flown in April 1979.
“A search helicopter returned to Jomsom due to some time without locating the plane,” he told the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal in a statement.
“The helicopters are ready to take off in search of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom as weather conditions improve. Search teams of the Army and the police leave for the local”.
He told the airline that the plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalese, including three crew members. Seven two passageiros eram mulheres, disse.
The plane missed contact with the control tower five minutes before its scheduled arrival at Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, an airline official said on condition of anonymity.
The country’s weather bureau says that there is a thick cloud cover in the Pokhara-Jomson area from Manhã.
A police officer said that a search team was sent to the area around Mount Dhaulagiri, or the seventh highest peak in the world, at 8,167 m.
O Nepal, last eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest, has a record number of air accidents. Its climate can change suddenly and the trails are normally located in mountainous areas of difficult access.
At the beginning of 2018, a flight from US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu failed to take a hit, killing 51 of 71 people on board.
In 1992, all 167 people on board a PIAa.PSX aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines died when the aircraft fell on a hill while trying to land in Kathmandu.
Source: CNN Espanol