A plane with 22 people, including 4 Indians, on board goes missing in the mountains of Nepal

A small Nepalese private airline plane with 22 people on board, including four Indians, went missing in the mountainous region of the Himalayan nation after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara on Sunday morning, officials said.

Tara Air’s Twin Otter 9N-AET plane, which took off at 10:15 a.m. from Pokhara, lost contact with the tower 15 minutes into its flight, according to a Tara Air spokesperson.

There are four Indian nationals, two Germans and 13 Nepalese passengers in addition to a Nepalese crew of three, said Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesman for the airlines.

The three-member crew of the plane was led by Captain Prabhakar Prasad Ghimire. The plane was due to land at Jomsom Airport in the Western Highlands at 10.15am.

The plane lost contact with the tower from the sky above Ghorepani on the Pokhara-Jomsom air route, air sources said.

According to an air traffic controller at Jomsom airport, they have an unconfirmed report of loud noise at Ghasa of Jomsom.

The plane is suspected to have crashed in the Dhaulagiri area, My Republica newspaper said citing Mustang’s DSP Ram Kumar Dani.

Dani said a helicopter flew from Jomsom to search for the plane.

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