FILE – This Aug. 10, 2007 file photo provided by NOAA shows a DeHavilland DHC6 Twin Otter similar to the one belonging to Nepal Airlines that was missing in Nepal’s mountainous west Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. A Nepal Airlines plane with 18 people on board flying in bad weather was missing and feared to have crashed, [auth] officials said. The plane left Sunday from the resort town of Pokhara after making an unscheduled fuel stop, but contact was lost a few minutes later, said Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal official Ram Hari Sharma. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers in Nepal have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that went missing in western mountains. There is no word yet about the 18 people aboard.
Nepal Airlines official Ram Hari Sharma says a rescue helicopter was able to spot the wreckage on Monday on the side of a mountain near Machinelek and rescuers on foot are now trying to reach the area.
The plane operated by the state-run airline lost contact with the ground control on Sunday while flying in rain and fog.
There were 15 passengers and three crew members on board the plane.
One of the passengers is believed to be a Danish national, while the rest on board, including a child, are Nepalese nationals.