Nepal Airlines Plane with 18 people in board is missing

Kathmandu, Nepal – A Nepal Airlines twin otter plane with 18 people on board flying towards Jumla which is around 220 miles west of the Kathmandu.
Since Sunday afternoon, the aircraft which took off from Pokhara airport at 12.43 am lost the contact with air traffic control tower. The plane’s landing time was schedule at 1.45 pm but the plane was out of touch since 1.13 PM. According to Pratab Babu Tiwari, Chief of Pokhara Airport, the aircraft made last contact with Bhairahawa air traffic controller, asking permission for diverting the plane but after that there was no contact.
There was one Foreigner and a child including the three crew members. The crew members include Captain Shrestha, Co-pilot Rabindra Banjara and Air hostess Muna Maharjan.

The villagers in Argakhachi district reported about the plane crashed in a remote mountain area. According to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), a helicopter has been set out to search for the missing aircraft.

There is been question arose around the world due to Nepal’s frequent air crashes. In December 2013 due to safety reasons EU put all Nepal’s airlines in blacklist. One of the big source of Nepal’s income is tourist, who usually takes flight to enjoy the natural mountain scenery of Nepal. Because of this crashes now Nepal in danger of losing its income source until the Nepalese aircraft improve its services and create necessary safety requirements.

Zeal Sharma

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