Husband of missing SA woman in Nepal refuses to lose hope

Klerksdorp mother of two Petro Nel went missing after boarding a light aircraft to fly over the Himalayas.

FILE. Petro Nel left the country on Saturday and boarded a light aircraft with a Russian pilot to fly over the Himalayas, but air traffic control lost contact with the plane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The husband of a Klerksdorp woman, who has gone missing in Nepal, says he feels helpless but will decide today whether he will leave their two children behind and go help look for her.

Petro Nel went to Nepal on holiday.

She left the country on Saturday and boarded a light aircraft with a Russian pilot to fly over the Himalayas, but air traffic control lost contact with the plane.

The search and rescue operation had to stop last night.

Her husband JC Nel says, "There's still hope. At this stage it's just to wait and see. There's no good in losing my head now, I must stay focused."

He says the poor communication in the mountains makes the search and rescue operation even more difficult.

"The communication is not so easy, as if you got lost in Switzerland or someplace like that. We're all sitting here and praying and waiting for something to happen."