February 24, 2016 – Kathmandu
A Tara Air plane with 23 souls that went missing this morning has crashed in west Nepal, killing everyone on board. The plane was flying to Jomsom from Pokhara and was flying for about 10 minutes when it lost contact over Ghorepani airspace.
Tara Air’s Viking DHC-6 Series aircraft, similar to the one that crashed today
Image Source: Tara Air’s Press Release
Yeti Airlines, Tara Air’s parent company confirmed that the wreckage was found at 1:25 pm in Tirkhe Dhunga, Dana VDC in Myagdi district.
Nepali Times reports that the terrain is one of the most challenging in the world as it passes along the Kali Gandaki gorge, in between two mountain peaks that are over 8,000m high – Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Although the weather was clear, a rockfall avalanche in Annapurna South, some 10 km away from the crash site was spewing large clouds of dust in the Kali Gandaki valley from yesterday.
Pokhara to Jomsom flight route goes through the highest mountains in the world.
Photo Source: En-Route Chart/Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal
There were 20 passengers and 3 crew members on board the flight. Tara Air has made the passenger list available to the public, which includes two foreigners: one Chinese and one Kuwaiti citizen. Two of the Nepalese were infants.
The flight TA-193 was operated by a Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. Registered as 9N-AHH in Nepal, it was one of the newest additions to the fleet purchased just five months back in September 2015. It had logged less than 300 hours of total flight time.
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