A plane has vanished while flying over mountains in Nepal with 21 people on board. The small jet lost contact with air traffic controllers over Pokhara – a popular resort town west of Kathmandu – and was carrying 18 passengers and three crew members.
Authorities say it was heading towards Jomson, a starting point for trekkers heading into the mountains.
It is understood no British citizens are thought to have been on board and the majority of passengers are believed to be Nepalese.
Rescue helicopters have been scrambled to search for the Twin Otter aircraft, which is operated by Nepal-based airline Tara Air.
Pokhara airport official Yogendra Kunwar said: “Two helicopters are on a search-and-rescue mission. There is no trace of the aircraft so far.”