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Nepal plane with 72 on board crashes at Pokhara international airport, 45 including 5 Indians dead

The Yeti airline plane that crashed had 68 passengers and four crew members on board. This accident happened at Pokhara international airport.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

New Delhi: There is news of a big plane crash in Nepal. According to the information, a passenger plane going from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu to Pokhara has crashed. There were 68 passengers and four crew members in the aircraft. Officials confirmed that 45 bodies have been recovered from the crash site. It is also being said that the death toll may increase further. The plane was going from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Crash plane is being told of Yeti Airlines. The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines was en route from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

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“There are 68 passengers on board and four crew members… Rescue is underway, we don’t know right now if there are survivors,” Sudarshan Bartaula earlier told sources.

There were 10 foreign nationals on board the aircraft, including a few Indians. The plane crashed between the old and new Pokhara airports in central Nepal.

The wreckage was on fire and rescue workers were trying to put out the blaze, said local official Gurudutta Dhakal. Images and videos on social media platforms showed plumes of smoke billowing from the crash site.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said Yeti Airlines 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft took off from Kathmandu at 10.33 am. And the new airport crashed on the banks of the river Seti.

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According to Nepali media The Kathmandu Post, yeti airline spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula told that the plane crashed between Old Airport and Pokhara International Airport. A rescue team has been sent by helicopter to the spot. Nepal Army, Armed Police, Nepal Police and local people are also engaged in relief work.

Nepali Army spokesperson Rati Krishna Prasad Bhandari said that bodies of 16 people have been recovered so far. He said that the plane crashed near Seti river, about one and a half kilometers from Pokhara airport.

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A local official has been quoted as saying that the plane caught fire due to the crash and rescuers are trying to extinguish it. The Kathmandu Post quoted Sudarshan Bartaula, a spokesperson for Yeti Airlines, as saying that the ATR 72 Yeti Airlines plane crashed between the old airport and Pokhara International Airport.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the crash site in pictures and videos of the crash posted on social media platforms. Many videos of the plane crash are going viral on social media.

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Last year in May, 22 people were killed after a Tara Air plane crashed on a mountain at Sano Sware Bhir in Thasang of Mustang. Sixteen Nepalis, including three crew, four Indian and two German nationals were in the plane.

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