Bhubaneswar: Four of a family from Odisha went missing in a plane crash in Nepal today morning. They have been identified as Ashok Tripathi, Dhanush Tripathi, Ritika Tripathi and Baibhabi Tripathi.
Ashok, who hails from Sonepur, is working with Infosys, Bhubaneswar whereas wife Ritika is working in Mumbai. Ashok’s family has been staying in Mumbai.
The family was holidaying in Nepal and they boarded Tara Air’s 9 NAET twin-engine aircraft at Pokhara in Nepal today morning.
The travel agent who had booked the flight tickets informed Ashok’s relatives about the incident.
The aircraft was carrying a total of 22 passengers. Along with Ashok and his family, two Germans, 13 Nepalese passengers and a three-member Nepalese crew were flying from Pokhara to Jomsom at 9:55 am today.
The aircraft went missing in the mountainous Mustang area this morning and was later found at Kowang village, the Nepal airport official informed.
However, security personnel and the locals could not reach the suspected crash site due to bad weather and difficult geographical terrain.
The Nepal Home Ministry deployed two private helicopters from Mustang and Pokhara for search operations. Also, the Nepal Army chopper was used in the search operation.