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Nepal: Tara Air’s 9 NAET plane carrying 19 passengers, including 4 Indians and 3 Japanese nationals, lose contact

Mustang is one of the mountainous and fifth-largest districts of the Himalayan nation which hosts the pilgrimage of Muktinath Temple. The district, also known as “Land beyond the Himalayas”, is located in the Kali Gandaki valley of the Himalayan region of Western Nepal.

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New Delhi: The missing aircraft was hosting 4 Indian and 3 Japanese nationals. The remaining were Nepali citizens & the aircraft had 22 passengers including the crew, reported State Television.

The aircraft took off at 9.55 am and went off the radar shortly thereafter, was flying from India’s Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal.

According to reports, over 22 people, including four Indians, 3 Japanese nationals and two crew members were travelling, while others were from Nepal.

Soon after this, the Home Ministry has deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara for the search for missing aircraft.

Nepal Army chopper is also being prepared to be deployed for the search, said Phadindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson at Home Ministry told ANI over the phone.

Mustang (from the Tibetan Muntan meaning “fertile plain”) the traditional region is largely dry and arid. The world’s deepest gorge that goes down three miles vertical between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains runs through this district.

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