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Nepal Airlines Plane Carrying 18 People Goes Missing Shortly After Takeoff

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A Nepal Airlines plane carrying 15 passengers and three crew has gone missing shortly after take off from a popular tourist resort, police and an airline spokesman said.

“The Nepal Airlines plane with 14 passengers took off from Pokhara airport at 1.30pm and disappeared 15 minutes later, Nepal police spokesman Ganesh KC said.

A total of 18 people were on board, the 14 adult passengers, plus one infant and three crew, an airline spokesman said.

“One of the passengers is from Denmark,” spokesman Ram Hari Sharma told AFP. The rest of those on board are from Nepal.

The airline has alerted police to “find the plane’s location” and are “preparing for rescue operations,” Sharma said.

The state-run carrier was travelling from Pokhara to the town of Jumla, 353 kilometres west of the capital Kathmandu, when air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot.

The incident highlights safety concerns about the Himalayan nation’s aircraft.

Nepal, which counts tourism as a major contributor to its economy, has suffered a number of air crashes in recent years, which have usually been attributed to inexperienced pilots, poor management and maintenance.

A Chinese tourist and a local pilot were killed when an ultralight aircraft crashed into a hill in the tourist town of Pokhara last October.

The European Union in December black-listed all the country’s airlines, citing their poor safety record, and banned them from flying to the EU. [AFP]

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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