Nepal plane goes missing in cloudy weather with 22 people on board

A small passenger plane with 22 people on board went missing in cloudy weather in Nepal today.

The plane, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter operated by privately owned Tara Air took off in the morning for a 20-minute flight but lost contact with the control tower five minutes before it was due to land, government officials said.

The plane departed from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125km (80 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.

The search operation has been suspended because of the darkness due to bad weather, however it will resume early tomorrow.