Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014
An aircraft carrying 18 people has been missing in the mountains of western Nepal since Sunday afternoon, 16.02.14, the search is continuing.
The aircraft belongs to the state-owned Nepal Airlines, is a 40-year-old Canadian-made Twin Otter, flying from the tourist town of Pokhara, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) west of Kathmandu, en route to Jumla, a remote town about 600 kilometers (373 miles) northeast of Kathmandu.
The flight takes about an hour but at 1:45 p.m. when the flight did not arrive it awoke concern said Tribhuvan International Airport’s rescue coordination center representative.
The weather was stormy and it had been raining and snowing for the past few days in the country. There were three crew members and a Danish national. Of the 17 Nepalese, one is a child among the 18 on board
Locals have cited pieces of aircraft and the police superintendent with a team of 150-members is heading towards the location. Search helicopters have also spotted the wreckage but could not find a place to land. The incident has again raised questions on Nepal’s air safety situation. Each year 2010 to 2012 have both recorded fatal air crashes.