POKHARA: Nepal Plane Crash rescuers discovered 14 bodies at the crash site of the passenger plane that had 22 people on board, according to officials.
An Army official shared a photo on Twitter of debris from the jet accident sprawled across a slope. The registration number 9N-AET was clearly visible on what appeared to be a piece of wing.
After taking a pause after nightfall on Sunday, rescuers only recently started their search.
According to Sudarshan Bartaula, a spokeswoman for Nepali carrier Tara Air, the Twin Otter aircraft had 19 passengers and three crew members on board. The passengers included two Germans and four Indians, with the rest being Nepalis.
Before the wreckage was spotted, Pokhara Airport spokesperson Dev Raj Subedi told AFP that rescue helicopters and army troops on the ground had shifted their search to a possible crash location.
“The search has been restarted… In the last few days, the weather hasn’t altered much. According to the source, two helicopters have flown toward the area but have yet to land “he declared
They got to the location by tracing GPS, telephone, and satellite signals, according to Subedi.
According to the airline, the flight left Pokhara for Jomsom at 9:55 a.m. (0410 GMT) on Sunday, but air traffic control lost contact after 15 minutes.
Jomsom is a prominent Himalayan trekking destination located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Kathmandu and about 20 minutes by aircraft from Pokhara.
Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, a privately owned domestic airline that operates in Nepal’s rural areas.
In 2016, a plane carrying 23 people crashed into a hilltop in the Myagdi area on the same route, killing everyone on board.
In recent years, Nepal’s aircraft industry has boomed, delivering goods and people between remote places, as well as foreign trekkers and climbers. However, it has long been plagued by inadequate safety due to a lack of training and upkeep.
The European Union has banned all Nepali airlines from operating in its territory due to safety concerns.
The Himalayan country also has some of the world’s most remote and difficult runways, which are surrounded by snow-capped peaks and have approaches that even experienced pilots struggle with.
The weather in the Highlands can change quickly, making flying perilous.