Plane with 21 people aboard goes missing in Nepal

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Plane with 21 people aboard goes missing in Nepal

A Tara Air Viking 9N-AHH Twin Otter, carrying 21 people including one Chinese and one Kuwait national, and three crew members, has been missing while en route to Jomsom from Pokhara. (Picture: EPA)

A plane with 21 people on board has gone missing in a mountainous area in Nepal.

Airport official Yogendra Kuwar said the plane was on an 18-minute flight, but lost contact after take-off.

The plane had taken off from Pokhara, a resort town west of Kathmandu, and was heading north to Jomsom, which is the starting point for trekkers going into mountainous areas. Mr Kuwar said there were no landing strips between the airports.

epa05177764 A picture made available on 24 February 2016 shows a twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal, 04 April 2015. According to media reports on 24 February 2016, Tara Air Viking 9N-AHH Twin Otter, carrying 20 passenger including one Chinese and one Kuwait national, and three crew members, has been missing while en route to Jomsom from Pokhara. EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

A twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal (picture: EPA)

The Twin Otter aircraft was operated by Tara airlines in Nepal.

Mr Kuwar said helicopters were searching the route, but poor weather conditions were hampering the operation.

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