A Dornier 228 turboprop operated by Nepalese regional carrier Agni Air has gone missing while on a flight to Kathmandu.

The aircraft, registration 9N-AHE, has likely crashed in the hills of Makwanpur in central Nepal with 14 people on board, says an airline official.

"There are unconfirmed reports that the aircraft has crashed, and we are still waiting for more information," he adds.

The aircraft was flying to Kathmandu from the eastern town of Lukla when it got diverted to Simara Airport in south-eastern Nepal due to adverse weather at Kathmandu Airport, says the airline official.

"It went missing after it was diverted," he adds.

Eleven passengers and three crew members were on board the aircraft, says the official.

The Dornier 228 was built in 1985, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.

Agni Air operates six aircraft, comprising three Dornier 228s and three BAe Jetstream 41s, to seven destinations in Nepal from Kathmandu.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news