Nepal Plane crash With 72 On Board Crashes, 16 Bodies Found

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Nepal Plane crash Yeti Airlines reported that a plane carrying 72 people from Kathmandu crashed this morning in Nepal’s Pokhara. According to a Nepal Army spokesperson, 16 bodies have recovered from the wreckage.

There were 68 passengers and four crew members on board the plane when it crashed between the city’s old and new airports in western Nepal. Yeti Airlines’ twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft was flying from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

“There were 10 foreign nationals on board, including two infants,” Yeti Airlines spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula said. According to the airport authority, 53 Nepalis, 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 1 Irish, 2 Koreans, 1 Argentinian, and a French national were on board.

Rescue efforts have hampered by a raging fire at the wreckage, according to Nepali journalist Dilip Thapa. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepal’s Prime Minister, has called an emergency cabinet meeting.

The aircraft took off from Kathmandu at 10:33 a.m., according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

The plane was on its way to the Pokhara airport when it crashed on the Seti River’s bank. The crash occurred approximately 20 minutes after takeoff, implying that the aircraft was in descent. The flight time between the two cities is approximately 25 minutes.

“We don’t know if there are survivors right now,” Sudarshan Bartaula, the airline’s spokesperson, told AFP.

According to a local official, the plane caught fire as it crashed, and rescue workers were attempting to extinguish it.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed his condolences for the loss of life in the plane crash.

“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,” he tweeted.

Nepal‘s airline business has been plagued with concerns about safety, and inadequate training of staff. The European Union has since 2013 put Nepal on the flight safety blacklist, ordering a blanket ban on all flights from the Himalayan country into its airspace, after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flagged safety concerns.

Hundreds of people have earlier died in horrific plane crashes in Nepal. 

In May 2022, all 22 people on board a plane operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air — 16 Nepalis, four Indians, and two Germans — died when it crashed.

In March 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines plane crash-landed near Kathmandu’s international airport, killing 51 people.

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

Only two months before, a Thai Airways plane crashed near the same airport, killing 113 people.


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