Sunday, May 29, 2022

Pilot's Phone Helped Track Likely Location Of Missing Nepal Plane: Report

New Delhi: The probable location of a plane with 22 people on board - four of them Indians - that went missing in Nepal today was tracked down using the GPS coordinates of the pilot's phone, according to local media reports quoting airport authorities.

The plane was being flown by Captain Prabhakar Ghimire.

"The cell phone of Captain Ghimire of the missing aircraft has been ringing and Nepal Army's helicopter has landed in the possible accident area after tracking the captain's phone from Nepal Telecom," Prem Nath Thakur, general manager of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, was quoted as saying by Nepal's MyRepublica news portal.

The plane went missing this morning in a mountainous region soon after taking off from the tourist city of Pokhara for Jomsom, officials said.

The Twin Otter 9N-AET aircraft belonging to Nepal's Tara Air lost contact with the control tower 15 minutes after it took off, an airline spokesperson has said.

The passengers comprise four Indian nationals, two Germans, 13 Nepalese passengers and a three-member Nepalese crew, said airline spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula. The four Indians have been identified as Ashok Kumar Tripathi, Dhanush Tripathi, Ritika Tripathi, and Vaibhawi Tripathi.

"Tara Air flight 9NAET that took off from Pokhara at 9.55 AM today with 22 people onboard, including 4 Indians, has gone missing. Search and rescue operation is on. The embassy is in touch with their family. Our emergency hotline number :+977-9851107021," the Indian embassy in Nepal tweeted.

29/05/22 PTI/NDTV

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