KATHMANDU, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Remains of a crashed twin otter airplane have been spotted at the jungle of Khidim at Arghakhachi district in central Nepal on Sunday afternoon, hours after it went missing, officials said.
"It has now been confirmed that the plane has been crashed," multiple sources at Civil Aviation Authority in Nepal (CAAN) and Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) told Xinhua.
They said the plane had been spotted under fire. Though all 18 people on board including three crew members, one child and a Denish national have been feared dead, it has not been ascertained so far as the rescue operation is underway.
The plane, a 9N-ABB, is owned by Nepal Airlines Corporation ( NAC), Nepal's national flag carrier.
The NAC has said that it will still take few hours to ascertain details about the crash and casualties.
"The twin otter had last contact with Bhairawaha Airport at around 1:13 PM when the Captain had reported to Bhairawaha Airport that the plane had been diverted from its destination," Ram Hari Sharma, NAC Spokesperson told Xinhua.
The crew members on board include Captain Shankar Shrestha, Co- pilot Rabindra Banjara and Air Hostess Muna Maharjan, according to Mahesh Moktan, Operation Chief at Pokhara Airport.
"The plane had first taken off from Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport and had used Pokhara Airport as transit before departing for Jumla at around 12: 20 PM," he said.
Jumla, one of Nepal's remotest destinations, lies in the country's Northern hilly region.
NAC officials have blamed the bad weather for the plane went missing. For the last two days, weather in Nepal has turned extreme with feeble rain fall, hailstorm and dense fog especially in the hilly and mountainous regions.