Tourist plane disappears moments after take-off with 22 people on board

A tourist plane with 22 people on board has gone missing in Nepal’s mountains.

The Tara Airlines plane lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff, from the resort town of Pokhara,

It was on a 15-minute scheduled flight to the mountain town of Jomsom from the town, which is 125 miles (200km) east of the capital Kathmandu.

Officials said there was no information on the Twin Otter aircraft and a search was underway.

There were six foreigners on board the plane, including four Indians and two Germans, according to a police source.

It has been raining in the area for the past few days but flights have been operating normally.

Planes on that route fly between mountains before landing in a valley.

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.

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