32 people died in Nepal after a plane carrying 72 people from capital Kathmandu crashed in Pokhara. The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines was en route from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
The plane had 68 passengers and 4 crew members on board, including 10 foreign nationals and 2 infants. 53 Nepali, 5 Indian, 4 Russian, One Irish, 2 Koreans, 1 Argentinian, and a French national were on board.
The crash happened around 20 minutes after take-off, suggesting that the aircraft might have been on the descent. The flight time between the two cities is 25 minutes.
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.
The cause of the crash is not yet known. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is investigating the incident.
The airline’s spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula said “We don’t know right now if there are survivors.”
The prime minister of Nepal has called for an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the incident.
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