AllvertaGlobal – One passenger aircraft from the Tara Air airline lost contact at Nepal on Sunday (29/5). The plane was carrying 22 people. AFP reported that the plane took off in the city of Pokhara at 09.55 local time. However, the plane lost contact with air traffic control (ATC).
One domestic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara lost contact, “said Tara Air Airline Spokesman, Sudarshan Bartaula. Bartaula revealed that the plane was carrying at least 19 passengers and three crew.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs Nepal Phanindra Mani Pokharel said as many as two helicopters had been deployed for the search process. Even so, visibility during the search process is not so good.
“Bad weather is likely to hamper the search process. The visibility is very bad, nothing can be seen,” Pokharel said.
Jomson himself is one of the climbing destinations in the Himalayas. The distance from Pokhara to Jomson is 20 minutes by plane.The aviation industry in Nepal has worsened in recent years. The country is known to have a poor air safety track record due to inadequate training and maintenance.
The European Union even banned all airline flights from Nepal to the region for security reasons. Nepal also has a track record of plane crashes that take victims. In March 2018, the US-Bangla airline crashed near Kathmandu International Airport and killed 51 people.
A year later, a plane came out of the runway and crashed into two helicopters at Lukla Airport, near Mount Everest. This incident caused three people to die.
In addition, Tourism Minister Nepal Rabindra Adhikari also killed in a helicopter accident with six other people in the country’s eastern hills in 2019.
Nepal himself will open the second international airport in Bhairahawa this month. The project worth US $ 76 million (Rp1.1 billion) was considered capable of easeing the burden of Kathmandu International Airport.