At least 68 persons are believed to have been killed Sunday when an aircraft crashed near the city of Pokhara in central Nepal in what is believed to be the Country’s deadliest plane crash in more than 30 years.
Seventy Two persons- four crew members and 68 passengers – were on board the ATR-72 plane operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines when it crashed, Yeti Airlines spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula said. Nepal’s civil aviation authority revealed that Thirty seven men, twenty women and six children were on board the crashed plane.
The country’s aviation also revealed that fifteen foreign nationals- five indians, four Russians, Two Koreans, while the rest were individual citizens of Argentina, Australia, Ireland and France.
The aircraft had been flying from the Capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara, the country’s state media, The Rising Nepal reported. The plane was last in contact with Pokhara airport at about 10:50 a.m. local time, at about 18 minutes after takeoff before going down in the nearby Seti River Gorge.
First Responders comprising the Military and the Police have been deployed to the crash site and are carrying out a rescue operation.