STORY: Operated by privately owned Tara Air, the aircraft went down during cloudy weather on Sunday (May 29) and was spotted by Nepal's army earlier on Monday after search operations that were halted overnight were resumed.
The De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft took off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, on Sunday morning. The destination was Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site that lies about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Pokhara - usually a 20-minute flight.
The crash site is in the region where Mount Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest peak at 8,167 meters (26,795 feet) is located, in proximity to Nepal's borders with China.
Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Everest, has a record of air accidents. Its weather can change suddenly and airstrips are typically located in mountainous areas that are hard to reach.