Search continues for SA woman missing in Nepal

Petro Nel hired a light aircraft to fly over the Himalayas before air traffic control lost contact with them.

FILE: Petro Nel is the Democratic Alliance (DA) North West deputy leader. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A search and rescue team has been dispatched in Nepal to search for a South African woman who has been reported missing on board a small plane.

Petro Nel was on a holiday, sight-seeing by flight over the mountainous area this morning, when air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft.

Nel is the Democratic Alliance (DA) North West deputy leader.

It's understood she was travelling with a Russian pilot when the plane went missing.

At the same time, Nel's family say they're trying to stay positive while fearing every phone call that comes through.

She had been planning to visit to Nepal for four years.

Nel hired a light aircraft this morning to fly over the Himalayas when air traffic control lost contact with the plane.

Her husband, JC Nel, says his family and friends are supporting him during this anxious time.

"I'm sitting here and every time the phone rings I get a cold shiver. There is still hope and that is what I am counting on, that a phone call will say they are okay and have been found."