67 Dead As Nepal Plane With 72 On Board Crashes, 5 Indians Were On Flight

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Yati Airlines: A plane carrying about 72 people from Kathmandu crashed in Pokhara this morning, killing at least 67 people, AFP reported, citing the police. 68 passengers and four crew members were on board the plane that crashed between the old and new airports in western Nepal. ATR 72 operated by Yeti Airlines was en route from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

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There were 15 foreigners on board, including six kids. An airline statement said 53 Nepalis, 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 2 Koreans, 1 Argentinian, and one each from Ireland, Australia, and France were on board.

Thirty-one bodies have been taken to hospitals, police official AK Chhetri told AFP. Another 36 bodies were found in the gorge where the plane crashed.

Fire at the wreckage has made rescue operations difficult, Nepali journalist Dilip Thapa told NDTV. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ called an emergency cabinet meeting after the crash, and the Nepal government has formed a five-member inquiry commission.

The aircraft took off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33am, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Almost landing at Pokhara airport, the plane crashed into a river gorge on the Seti River’s bank. It happened around 20 minutes after takeoff, so it might have been on descent. There’s a 25-minute flight between the two cities.

Sudarshan Bartaula, the airline’s spokesperson, told news agency AFP that they don’t know if there are survivors.

Rescue workers were trying to put out the fire after the plane crashed, a local official said.

In a statement, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia condoled the deaths.

In a tragic plane crash in Nepal, people lost their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with their families. Om Shanti,” he wrote.

Nepal’s airline business has been plagued with safety concerns and inadequate training. In 2013, the European Union banned all flights from Nepal into its airspace after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flagged safety concerns.

It’s been reported that hundreds of people died in horrific plane crashes in Nepal.

When a Nepali carrier’s plane crashed in May 2022, all 22 people on board — 16 Nepalis, four Indians, and two Germans — died.

A US-Bangla Airlines plane crashed near Kathmandu’s international airport in March 2018.

Nepal’s deadliest accident since 1992 when a Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed on approach to Kathmandu, killing all 167 people.

Two months earlier, a Thai Airways plane had crashed near the same airport, killing 113 people.

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