A passenger plane carrying 22 people crashed in Nepal
KATHMANDU: A passenger plane flying from the Nepalese capital crashed on the shores of a lake, but rescue work was halted due to heavy snowfall.
According to the International News Agency, the plane of a private airline in Nepal flew from Pokhara to Jom Som, 200 km from the capital Kathmandu, but only 15 minutes later when the plane at an altitude of 12,835 feet in the city of Nepal. Sheikha was traveling at a speed of 267 km per hour but lost control of the control tower.
The plane was carrying 22 passengers, including the pilot and three crew members. The passengers include 13 Nepalese, 4 Indians and 2 Germans. An army and two private helicopters also took part in the search operation for the plane.
Talking to international media, an air traffic control official said that a loud explosion was heard at the destination Jom Som after which a plane crash was reported near Lamchi Lake.
Authorities say the plane that crashed on the shores of the lake was the same one that went missing, but rescue operations have been halted due to heavy snowfall, which has so far resulted in no casualties.
The missing plane is 43 years old and made its maiden flight in April 1979.