Search for SA woman missing in Nepal enters third day

Petro Nel was flying over the Himalayas when the light aircraft she was travelling in lost connection.

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 - It's the third day since a Klerksdorp mother went missing on board a light aircraft in Nepal, but authorities there have refused to abandon search operations.

Petro Nel left South Africa exactly a week ago to visit Nepal, a holiday she had been planning for four years.

On Thursday, she went flying over the Himalayas when the light aircraft she was travelling in lost connection with air traffic.

Nel, who is a Democratic Alliance deputy North West leader, and the Russian pilot who was flying the plane have since been missing.

Her husband JC Nel says he has hope that they'll be found.

"We're still hopeful. These planes are so small, they can land anywhere… So if they had problems they could land anywhere. I am still positive that it maybe landed."