A small plane crashed in a mountainous region of Nepal on Wednesday, killing all 23 people abroad, local media reported.
The Twin Otter, operated by the domestic Tara Air, departed from Nepal’s second largest city of Pokhara bound for Jomsom, a starting point for mountain treks, at 8.15 a.m. local time but lost contact after takeoff, the Nepali Times reported. It said the weather was reported to be good at the time.
Harihari Yogi, the police chief at Jomsom, told the Associated Press that local villagers reported hearing a loud explosion near the village of Rupse. He said attempts were being made to reach there.
Two foreigners – a Chinese national and a Kuwaiti national – were among those aboard, the Nepali Times reported. It added that the pilot was a veteran who was six months away from retirement.