KATHMANDU: An ill-fated Nepal Airlines aircraft, which is said to have crashed in Arghakhanchi, is still missing, our district correspondent Jagdish Bhattarai from Palpa, who is accompanying Nepal Police's rescue team at the site, confirmed.
The airplane was earlier assumed to have crashed in Khidim of Arghakhanchi. However, no traces of any crash were witnessed in Khidim.
The rescue team are now at a jungle in Tingire of Arghakhanchi. Nothing has been seen here as well, Bhattarai confirmed.
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma also did not confirm crash reports, claiming that the rescue teams at the site have not seen anything so far.
Media reports claiming the confirmation of the crash are based only on assumptions, said Bhattarai.
The plane had gone missing since Sunday afternoon.
The condition of 18 persons aboard, including three crew members, a child and a Denmark national, is also unknown. Two choppers belonging to Fishtail Air and Nepal Army were unable to land anywhere in the suspected areas due to bad weather.
Separate rescue teams from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force have been struggling to find the missing plane's whereabouts.
Jumla-bound aircraft still missing
KATHMANDU: The aircraft (NA 9N ABB-DHC6), which took off at 12:43 pm was supposed to land at 1:45 pm. The last signal from the aircraft was recorded at Bhairahawa Airport’s control tower at 1:13 pm.
The crew members have been identified as Pilot Shankar Shrestha, Co-Pilot Rabindra Banjara and flight attendant Muna Maharjan.
A Fishtail Air chopper has been deployed from Nepalgunj for the search and rescue operations. However, the aircraft is still out of the contact, said Ram Hari Sharma, Spokesperson at the Nepal Airlines Corporation.
Jumla-bound Nepal Airlines aircraft goes out of contact
KATHMANDU: A twin otter belonging to Nepal Airlines headed to Jumla from Pokhara has gone out of contact. According to Ram Hari Sharma, Spokesperson at the Nepal Airlines Corporation, confirmed that they have not been able to locate the plane that took off from Pokhara airport at 12:40 pm. According to him, the plane went out of contact around 1:15.
According to Sharma, the missing twin otter was carrying 18 persons, including a child and a Denmark national, pilot and co-pilot and a flight attendant. Their identities, however, is yet to be known.
Search operations are underway, Sharma said, adding that a helicopter has been deployed to locate the aircraft.