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Passenger plane carrying 22 people DISAPPEARS minutes after takeoff over Bergen, sparking a major rescue operation

A passenger plane with 22 people on board disappeared minutes after takeoff over mountains in Nepal, triggering a major rescue operation.

The small plane, operated by a private airline, disappeared over a remote mountain range on Sunday morning.

A light aircraft has disappeared over mountains in Nepal

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A light aircraft has disappeared over mountains in Nepal
Local authorities said the plane lost contact at 9.55am on Sunday morning

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Local authorities said the plane lost contact at 9.55am on Sunday morningPhoto credit: Getty

Travel authorities said the flight was on a 15-minute scheduled journey from the tourist town of Pokhara to the mountain town of Jomsom when it lost contact with the airport shortly after takeoff.

Police said there was no information on the location of the Twin Otter plane and have now launched a search.

Tara Air’s 9N-AET plane reportedly lost contact at 9:55 a.m., according to a company official.

An air traffic controller at Jomson Airport said he received an unconfirmed report of a loud noise in Ghasa from Jomsom, according to the Kathmandu Post.

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It added that a helicopter is now surveying the area where contact was last made.

The plane had carried 12 Nepalese, four Indian and two German passengers and three crew members.

The area is understood to have rained heavily in recent days, but flights have been operating normally.

The plane had to fly through a mountain range before landing in a valley.

The area is a popular hiking route as well as a place of pilgrimage for Indians and Nepalese as it is home to the revered Muktinath Temple.

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