Khatmandu: Plane with 72 people on board crashes in Nepal, the plane was en route from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara when it crashed.
The plane was flying from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara on Sunday when it crashed. Pokhara is a bustling tourist town about 200km (124 miles) west of Kathmandu.
There were 72 people on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepalâ€™s Yeti Airlines, including two infants, four crew members and 10 foreign nationals, said airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula.
â€œWe expect to recover more bodies,â€ army spokesman Krishna Bhandari told Reuters news agency.
Local television showed thick black smoke billowing from the crash site as rescue workers and crowds of people gathered around the wreckage of the aircraft.
â€œResponders have already reached there and trying to douse the fire. All agencies are now focused on first dousing the fire and rescuing the passengers,â€ local official Gurudutta Dhakal said.
The craft made contact with the airport from Seti Gorge at 10:50am (05:05 GMT), the aviation authority said in a statement. â€œThen it crashed.â€
â€œHalf of the plane is on the hillside,â€ said Arun Tamu, a local resident, who told an media out let he reached the site minutes after the plane went down.
The other half has fallen into the gorge.
Ramyata Limbu said locals in Pokhara asserted weather and visibility was â€œgoodâ€ when the plane crashed.
â€œSo its [the crash] shocking and surprising,â€ said Limbu. â€œEyewitnesses said the plane was having problems before it crashed into a gorge close to the airport.â€
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency cabinet meeting after the plane crash, a government statement said.
â€œI am deeply saddened by the sad and tragic accident of Yeti Airlines ANC ATR 72 which was flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara with passengers,â€ he posted on Twitter.
â€œI sincerely appeal to the security personnel, all agencies of the Nepal government and the general public to start an effective rescue.â€
The crash is Nepalâ€™s deadliest since March 2018, when a US-Bangla Dash 8 turboprop flight from Dhaka crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board, according to Aviation Safety Network.
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