According to a preliminary inquiry conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the crash of the Tara Air plane in Nepal’s hilly Mustang area on Sunday with 22 passengers on board, including four Indians, was caused by bad weather.
The turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET jet, built in Canada, went missing in Nepal’s hilly region on Sunday morning, only minutes after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara.
The plane was carrying four Indians, two Germans, and 13 Nepali passengers, as well as a three-member Nepali crew, on its inaugural flight 42 years and two months ago on April 21, 1979.
Officials stated the government has constituted a five-member commission of investigation to investigate the cause of the Tara Air jet disaster, which would be led by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Suman.
According to CAAN Director-General Pradeep Adhikari, during a meeting of the International Committee of Parliament on Monday, the plane crashed into the mountains after swerving to the right instead of turning to the left owing to bad weather.
The plane’s wreckage was discovered on Monday morning at the Sanusare cliff in Mustang district’s Thasang rural municipality-2.
The crash site is eight nautical miles from the Jomsom International Airport.
So far, 20 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the jet.
Air Botswana bought the plane for the first time in 1979. The plane was later purchased by Yeti Airlines in 1999 after it reached Nepal in 1998 under its new operator Lumbini Airways. Tara Air had been flying the plane since April 2010, according to the My Republica news website.
Experts believe that adverse weather conditions were the primary cause of the catastrophe.