A missing passengers plane in Nepal found hours later

 A picture made available on 24 February 2016 shows a twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal EPA
A picture made available on 24 February 2016 shows a twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal EPA

A missing Nepalese passenger jet which went missing with 23 people on board has been found crashed and “completely destroyed” in the jungle, according to local media reports.

Local police told the Nepal Times there appeared to be “no survivors”, while aviation minister Aananda Prasad Pokhrel was quoted by the Kathmandu Post saying the plane was scattered across an area some 200 metres wide.

The aircraft, operating by domestic airline Tara Air, was on an 18-minute flight on Wednesday when it lost contact after take-off. Two foreigners, 18 other passengers and three crew are understood to have been on board.

The plane’s wreckage was found around four hours after it was due to have landed, crashed in a jungle in the Kekarko Butta district.

“The plane was on fire and it is still burning,” said police constable Phool Kumar Thapa Magar, reportedly one of the first to arrive on the scene.

The Twin Otter plane had taken off at 7.50am local time from Pokhara, a resort town 125 miles west of Kathmandu, and was heading north to Jomsom, the starting point for trekkers going into mountainous areas. Only small planes can fly the route, which goes between mountains.

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