40 Dead As Nepal Plane With 72 On Board Crashes.
At least 40 people have been confirmed dead after a plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal, this morning. The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft, operated by Yeti Airlines, was carrying 68 passengers and four crew members on board when it crashed between the old and new airports in the city.
The aircraft had taken off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 am and was en route to Pokhara when it crashed into a river gorge on the bank of the Seti River, around 20 minutes after take-off.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), there were 10 foreign nationals on board, including 2 infants. . Nepal’s Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, has called an emergency cabinet meeting.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has expressed his condolences for the loss of lives in the tragic accident. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
“10 foreign nationals, including 2 infants were on board,” Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesperson of Yeti Airlines, said. 53 Nepali, 5 Indian, 4 Russian, One Irish, 2 Koreans, 1 Argentinian, and a French national were on board, news agency ANI reported, quoting the airport authority.
Rescue operations have been difficult because of a raging fire at the wreckage, Nepali journalist Dilip Thapa told NDTV. Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has called an emergency cabinet meeting.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the aircraft took off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 am.
The plane was close to landing at the Pokhara airport when it crashed into a river gorge on the bank of the Seti River. The crash happened around 20 minutes after the take-off, suggesting the aircraft might have been on the descent. The flight time between the two cities is 25 minutes.
“We don’t know right now if there are survivors,” the airline’s spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula told news agency AFP.
The plane caught fire as it crashed, and rescue workers were trying to put it out, a local official was quoted as saying.
“The loss of lives in a tragic plane crash in Nepal is extremely unfortunate. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved. Om Shanti,” Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.
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