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Nepal plane with 22 onboard has gone missing, officials say


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Police in Nepal have launched a search after a plane carrying 22 people went missing shortly after takeoff.

The private plane departed from the tourist town of Pokhara in Nepal on Sunday morning, 29 May, ready to transport the passengers, which included six foreigners, on a 15-minute flight to Jomsom.

The aircraft was later seen in the sky over Jomsom, but at 9.55am local time the Tara Air 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft lost contact with airport authorities.

https://www.ladbible.com/news/nepal-plane-with-22-onboard-has-gone-missing-officials-say-20220529

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/aircraft-with-22-persons-including-4-indians-missing-in-nepal20220529115026/

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I looked for any mention of the Air Traffic Controllers having the craft on radar. No mention in these above links. Not sure what to make of that. They *must* have radar, no?

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https://tampa.cbslocal.com/2022/05/29/nepals-tara-air-plane-goes-missing/

Authorities believe the incident was caused by poor weather, according to Binod B.K., an official at the Nepal’s home ministry.

Two German nationals, four Indians and 13 Nepali citizens are among the 22 people missing, according to the ministry. The nationalities of two passengers are unknown.

Pokhara is some 80 miles west of Kathmandu, the capital.

The plane lost contact with the control tower five minutes before it was due to land at Jomsom, an airline official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Tara Air mainly flies Canadian-built Twin Otter turboprop planes. Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 said the missing aircraft made its first flight in April 1979.

The spokesperson added that the Nepalese Army has been enlisted to help search for the missing plane, but search-and-rescue efforts have been hampered due to poor weather.

A possible incident site was believed to have been spotted earlier in the day, after reports emerged of locals seeing something burning.

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6 hours ago, Earl.Of.Trumps said:

I looked for any mention of the Air Traffic Controllers having the craft on radar. No mention in these above links. Not sure what to make of that. They *must* have radar, no?

It mentioned the craft flying between mountain peaks so I'd imagine radar would be useless if it was in such close proximity to massive blockages of line of sight clearance.  Who knows...  That plane looked awfully underpowered to be fighting the kind of potential down drafts that occur at those altitudes and in the thinner than normal air at those altitudes.  

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Nepal plane crash: Rescuers recover 20 bodies from wreck

Rescuers in Nepal have so far recovered 20 bodies from the crash site of a small plane carrying 22 people, an official has told the BBC.

The wreckage of the plane, operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air, was recovered in Mustang district in northern Nepal.

The passenger plane was on a 20-minute flight when it lost contact with air traffic control five minutes before it was due to land.

The search is ongoing for the remaining passengers, the official said.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-61560787

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