A small plane, which had gone missing in a mountainous region of Nepal amid low visibility, has been found crashed in a nearby forest, killing all 23 people on board.
At least 23 people have been killed after the small plane they were travelling in went missing in a mountainous area of Nepal, amid poor visibility.
Following the plane’s disappearance, a search and rescue operation was launched, leading to the discovery of the plane in a forest, in Soli Ghoptebhir, in Nepal’s Myagdi district.
Locals found the aircraft, heavily aflame, in Dana, in the Solighopte area. The Nepali aviation minister confirmed the discovery of the wreckage of the plane, which had gone missing on Wednesday.
“The wreckage of the plane was found in a completely burnt state in Solighopte in Myagdi district,” Aananda Prasad Pokharel told AFP, adding that bodies could be seen scattered around the wreckage.
The crashed plane, a Twin-Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air, went missing minutes after it took off from Pokhara airport, on route to Jomsom.
Pokhara is a resort town some 200 kilometres west of the capital Kathmandu. Jomsom, a short distance further north, is the starting point for many people trekking in the Himalayas.
A police team has left for area, according to senior superintendent of police Mahendra Kumar Pokharel.