Missing Nepal's Tara Air plane

The Nepal plane Twin Otter 9N-AET took off at 10:15 am from Pokhara to Jomsom.

The Nepal plane Twin Otter 9N-AET took off at 10:15 am from Pokhara, and lost contact with the control tower 15 minutes later, according to an airline spokesperson.

It was on a 15-minute scheduled flight to the mountain town of Jomsom

The Tara Airplane carried 22 people including four Indian nationals, two Germans, 13 Nepali passengers, and three crew members.

It took off from the resort town of Pokhara, 200 km east of Kathmandu. It lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff.

A helicopter that flew from Pokhara in search of the missing aircraft earlier in the day returned without any success due to bad weather.

It is a popular route with foreign hikers who trek on the mountain trails and also with Indian and Nepalese pilgrims who visit the revered Muktinath temple.