A Nepal aircraft carrying 22 passengers has lost contact said the aircraft authorities. According to an ANI report, Tara Air's 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft carrying 22 passengers, flying from Pokhara to Jomsom at 9:55 am, has lost contact with the authorities. The aircraft is carrying 4 Indian and 3 Japanese nationals.The remaining were Nepali citizens & the aircraft had 22 passengers including the crew.

"The aircraft was seen over the sky of Jomsom in Mustang district and then had diverted to Mount Dhaulagiri after which it hadn't come into contact," chief district officer Netra Prasad Sharma told ANI.

“The Nepal home ministry has deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara for the search for the missing aircraft. The Nepal Army chopper is also being prepared to be deployed for the search operation,” an ANI report quoted spokesperson of the home ministry Phadindra Mani Pokharel as saying.

As reported by Kathmandu Post, an air traffic controller at Jomsom Airport said they have received an unconfirmed report about loud noise in Ghasa of Jomson. Tara Air spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula confirmed that the plane has gone missing and a search operation has been initiated.

Nepalese Home Ministry has deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara for the search for missing aircraft. Nepali Army spokesperson Narayan Silwal said, "A Nepali Army Mi-17 helicopter has recently left for Lete, Mustang, which is the suspected crashed region of the missing Tara Air aircraft (with 22 onboard).