The search and rescue operation for crashed Plane has been called off for the 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft of the Tara Air due to the snowfall at the possible air crash site. All the helicopters deployed for search and rescue have been called back to bases, Premnath Thakur, General Manager, TIA said.
Earlier, the 9 NAET twin-engine Plane of the Tara Air – which went off the radar shortly after take-off – with 22 people onboard was found near at Kowang in Nepal’s Mustang district, said Tribhuvan International Airport chief on Sunday. The plane, which took off at 9.55 am, was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom.
According to the information given by the locals to the Nepal Army, the Tara Air plane crashed at the mouth of the Lamche river under the landslide of Manapathi Himal. The Nepal Army moved towards the site from the ground and air route, Army spokesperson Narayan Silwal said.
Out of the 22 people, four passengers were Indian nationals from Mumbai while three were from Japan. Rest of the 15 people, including the crew members, were Nepali citizens, according to the state media.
A search and rescue operation was launched later to find the missing aircraft and officials deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara to locate the plane. A Mi-17 helicopter of the Nepali Army was also deployed in Mustang’s Lete.
“The aircraft was seen over the sky of Jomsom in Mustang district and then had diverted to Mt. Dhaulagiri after which it hadn’t come into contact,” Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma said while speaking to news agency ANI.
This incident has brought back the memories of the plane crash in China’s Guangxi region in March this year. The plane, which belonged to the China Eastern Airlines, was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou with 132 people onboard.
However, it crashed near the Wuzhou city, claiming all 132 lives, after which Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a probe. Later, black box data was recovered which suggested that someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the plane, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
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