Plane carrying 22 crashes in Nepal

A plane that went missing in Nepal carrying 22 passengers has crashed, the country’s military announced.

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, took off Sunday May 29th at 9:55 a.m. local time, en route to Jomsom, a city in the Mustang district in central Nepal, from Pokhara, a city about 100 miles south of Jomsom. The aircraft had last made contact with the Jomsom Airport at 10:07 that morning.

The plane was carrying three crew members and 19 passengers; 13 of them were Nepali, four were Indian and two were German, according to Tara Air. The plane crashed at an altitude of 14,500 feet, according to the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority. It was found the next day in the Mustang district at approximately 7:10 a.m. local time, according to the Nepali army.

“Once our troops reach the location then only we can verify the findings officially and independently,” an army spokesperson tweeted. “Our rescue effort from ground and air is relentless…” The army sent troops and helicopters to search an area of Mustang where locals had reported something burning, but the attempt was impaired by poor visibility and bad weather conditions

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