Wreckage of Tara Air passenger plane carrying 22 FOUND in mountains after crashing minutes after take off in Nepal

THE wreckage of the tragic Tara Air passenger plane carrying 22 passengers has been found after crashing yesterday.

The aircraft has now been located in the mountains of the Mustang district after disappearing just minutes after taking off from Nepal.

It lost contact with air traffic control just five minutes before it was due to land after the short 20-minute flight.

Search and rescue teams were able to "physically locate" the crash site in Sanosware, Thasang-2, according to an army spokesperson.

Fourteen bodies have sadly also been recovered from the crash site and there are believed to be no survivors.

The search remains ongoing for the passengers who are still unaccounted for.

Sudarshan Bartuala, a spokesperson for Tara Air, told The Kathmandu Post that the "bodies have been scattered over a 100-metre radius from the main impact point".

The Nepal army shared images of the devastating crash site, showing chunks of the plane scattered across the mountainside.

Four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepali people had been travelling on the small twin-engine plane.

Nepal's military confirmed the commercial flight crashed at the mouth of the Lamche river near Kowang, Mustang, on Sunday morning.

And the plane was flying a route known as one of the world's most dangerous as its surrounded by steep mountain peaks and tough weather conditions.

Army spokesperson Narayan Silwar said the army moved towards the site from the ground and via an air route after cloudy weather hampered earlier attempts.

A statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said one search helicopter was forced to abort its flight due to poor weather.


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"One search helicopter returned to Jomsom due to bad weather without locating the plane," the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement.

"Helicopters are ready to take off for search from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom once weather conditions improve. Army and police search teams have left towards the site."

Nepal's aviation authorities said it had traced the potential location of the aircraft based on an emergency locator transmitter however due to bad weather have halted the search for today.

The small plane, operated by a private airline, disappeared over a remote mountain range on Sunday morning.

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Travel authorities said the flight had been on a 15-minute scheduled trip from the tourist town of Pokhara to the mountain town of Jomsom when it lost contact with the airport shortly after take-off.

The 9N-AET plane, belonging to Tara Air, is said to have lost contact at 9:55am, according to a company official.

An air traffic controller at Jomson Airport said they received an unconfirmed report of a loud noise in Ghasa of Jomsom, according to Kathmandu Post.

It added that a helicopter surveyed the area where contact as last made.

The aircraft had been carrying 16 Nepalese, four Indian and two German passengers and three crew members.

It's understood the area has received heavy rain in the past few days but flights have operated as normal.

The plane was required to fly through a mountain range before landing in a valley.

The area is a popular hiking route as well as pilgrimage spot for Indians and Nepalese due to the revered Muktinath temple located there.

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