Small plane with 21 on board missing in Nepal

The aircraft with 18 passengers and three crew lost contact with the control tower.

A picture made available on 24 February 2016 shows a twin aircraft of the Tara Airlines landing at Jomsom Airport, in Jomsom, a popular resort town west of Kathmandu, Nepal, 4 April 2015, as Mount Nilgiri is visible on the background. Picture: EPA/Narendra Shrestha.

KATHMANDU - A small plane carrying 21 people, including two foreigners, has gone missing in west Nepal, an airport official said on Wednesday.

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from Pokhara, 125 km west of Kathmandu, to Jomsom when it lost contact with the control tower.

"Two helicopters are on a search-and-rescue mission," Pokhara airport official Yogendra Kunwar said. "There is no trace of the aircraft so far."