According to Nepali Army Spokesperson Brigadier General Narayan Silwal, the Tara Airlines plane accident site has been physically identified in the country’s Mustang area.
In addition to a three-member Nepali crew, the turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET plane carried four Indian nationals, two Germans, and 13 Nepali passengers.
“The plane accident site has been physically located by search and rescue personnel. On Twitter, Brig. Gen. Silwal stated, “Details will be following.”
“Crash site: Sanosware, Thasang-2, Mustang,” he said on Twitter, alongside a photo of what seems to be the plane’s wreckage.
The fate of 22 people on board the Nepalese Airlines plane, including four members of an Indian family, remained unknown as bad weather made it difficult to locate the plane, which went missing in the Himalayan nation’s mountainous region minutes after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara on Sunday morning.
The Himalayan Times newspaper stated that security forces patrol and search teams, as well as groups of villagers, resumed the on-foot search in the Dhaulagiri region despite the bad weather.
The plane, which was built in Canada, was travelling from Pokhara to Jomsom, a major tourist destination in central Nepal. The flight time between the two cities is about 20-25 minutes.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement that the condition of the Tara Air plane that took off at 10:15 a.m. from Pokhara, approximately 200 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is unclear at this time.
Ashok Kumar Tripathy, his wife Vaibhavi Bandekar (Tripathy), and their children Dhanush and Ritika were among the four Indians named on the airline’s passenger list. The family lived in Thane, a suburb of Mumbai.