Alappuzha native Ashok Thamarakshan is thrilled and happy to have new wings to fly in a self-assembled plane. Settled in the UK, Ashok flew to countries like Germany, Austria, France and the Czech Republic. The journey was for seven days.
The turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET plane had four Indian nationals, two Germans and 13 Nepali passengers besides a three-member Nepali crew.
The flights chose to head to Thiruvananthapuram, which is the nearest international airport, after the economic crisis led to fuel shortage and soaring prices in Sri Lanka.
The plane was spotted in a state of burning at Laningchgola in Mustang district, The Rising Nepal newspaper reported.
The Tango D10S – a 12-seater financed by an Argentine fintech company - is designed as a flying museum in tribute to the former World Cup winner, who died of a heart attack in November 2020.
Hopes to find the survivors in the thick forests in the mountainous region receded as the night fell making efforts by scores of rescuers difficult.
This is the first international carrier to serve Thiruvananthapuram with 'First Class' services - offering customers superior products, services and comfort in air and on-ground.
Both jetliners were believed to be at an altitude of 3,000 feet when the incident took place.
The aircraft crashed during a training sortie, the Air Force said.
The air traffic to and from India and the UAE is currently high owing to the Dubai Expo and Dubai Shopping festival.