Nepalese Authorities Locate Wreckage of Plane That Went Missing with 22 On Board

A signage of Tara Airlines is seen behind as a team of climbers prepare to leave for rescue operations from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shreshta)

Nepalese authorities on Monday located the site of a plane that went missing with 22 people on board, as search and rescue efforts resumed for a second day, the country’s army said in a statement.

Army spokesperson, Narayan Silwal, wrote on Twitter that troops had “physically located the plane crash site.”

The plane, operated by Nepal’s Tara Air, was flying from the city of Pokhara to popular tourist town Jomsom, in central Nepal Sunday, when it lost contact with air control about 12 minutes into the journey, Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said. Flights between the two cities are usually 20-25 minutes long.

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

There were 19 passengers and three crew members on board. 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.

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SOURCE: CNN, Teele Rebane, Manveena Suri, Sugam Pokharel, and Elizabeth Yee; Reuters