December 4, 2022

A horrific incident befell Tara Air’s 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft on Sunday where locals from Titi reported that a Nepalese private airlines plane crashed, in Kowang village of the Mustang district, where the site has been located by the Nepal Army on Monday.

“Search and rescue troops have physically located the plane crash site. Details will be followed,” the Nepal Army Spokesperson said in a tweet.

Onboard carrying 22 passengers including four Indians was the Tara Air’s 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft, which was found crashed in Kowang village of the Mustang district hours after it went missing in the mountainous district on Sunday morning.

On Monday morning, Nepal Army said, “Rescue effort to search plane of Tara Air was resumed.”

All the rescue operations started on Sunday, shortly after the plane was reported missing, all the helicopters deployed for the search of the crashed aircraft were called off after the snowfall in the Mustang district.

“Due to the snowfall at the possible air crash site, the search and rescue operation has been called off for today. All the helicopters deployed for search and rescue operations have been called back to bases,” Premnath Thakur, General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport said.

The Tara Airplane has been crashed at the mouth of the Lamche river under the landslide of Manapathi Himal according to the locals who first witnessed the scenes area. Army spokesperson Narayan Silwal said that the Nepal Army was rushing towards the site from the ground as well as by air route.

Tara Air’s 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft, flying from Pokhara to Jomsom at 9:55 am, had lost contact, after reaching the Lete area of Mustang on Sunday morning according to the statement of the Airport authorities.

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“The aircraft was seen over the sky of Jomsom in Mustang and then had diverted to Mt. Dhaulagiri after which it hadn’t come into contact,” Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma confirmed to ANI over the phone.

“Locals from Titi have called and informed us that they have heard an unusual sound as if there was some bang. We are deploying a helicopter to the area for the search operation,” Ram Kumar Dani, DSP of District Police Office, Mustang told ANI.