Kathmandu: Nepal’s officials have called off the search and rescue operation for the missing Tara Air’s 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft due to bad weather.
Nepal Army spokesperson Narayan Silwal, in a tweet, said, “NA has halted all efforts of search and rescue for today due to loss of daylight and adverse weather.”
He has informed that ‘the search will be resumed early in the morning tomorrow both from air and ground’. According to him, Nepal Army’s search and rescue team with HC (helicopter) is on standby at Jomsom.
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Meanwhile, Tara Air has said that the whereabouts of the missing plane is unknown yet and the efforts of the search operation have been affected due to bad weather and difficult terrain.
“The search and rescue operations have been concentrated in the potential areas,” the airline company said.
On Sunday morning, Tara Air’s 9 N-AET twin-engine aircraft carrying 22 passengers, including 13, Nepali, 4 Indians and 2 German nationals, flying from Pokhara to Jomsom at 9:55 am, went missing, after reaching the Ghodepani area of Mustang, according to the Tara Air.