Ultralight aircraft with 2 foreigners, missing over Pokhara sky, not found yet

POKHARA: The ultralight aircraft that went missing since yesterday morning has not been found yet.

It has been suspected that the aircraft might have crashed.

Pilot Valerie Putin (50) and passenger Elizabeth Well, a South African woman Elizabeth Well, are still out of contact, said Chief of Pokhara branch of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Dipak Baral.

The 9NALI aircraft had taken off the Pokhara Airport at 10: 35 am and was out of contact within six minutes near the Annapurna region.

According to Baral, other aircrafts and helicopters of the Pokhara Ultralight have been dispatched to carry out search operation for the missing aircraft.

"The operation will continue on Saturday as well," added Baral.

Chief of Kaski District Police Office, SP Hari Bahadur Pal, informed that a team of police has been deployed to carry out the search operation even by land routes. The operation is centered in the Annapurna Mountain Range for now, he added.

The aircraft was scheduled to return to Pokhara Airport by 11:35 am.