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At least 16 dead after passenger plane with 72 aboard crashes in Nepal

First Published: 15th January, 2023 12:36 IST

Passenger Aircraft Crash In Nepal: Rescue operations are underway and the airport is closed for the time being

At least 16 people died as a 72-seater passenger aircraft crashed on the runway at Pokhara International Airport in Nepal, news agency Reuters reported quoting Nepal army spokesman. The Yeti Airlines plane which flew to Pokhara from Kathmandu crashed in Pokhara of Kaski district, Kathmandu Post reported, said Hindustan Times report.

A total of 68 passengers and four crew members were on board the aircraft. It crashed crashed between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport, Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesperson of Yeti Airlines, told the Kathmandu Post, said Hindustan Times report.

Images and videos posted on social media platforms showed plumes of smoke billowing from the crash site.

The wreckage was on fire and rescue workers were trying to put out the blaze, local official Gurudutta Dhakal told AFP.

“Responders have already reached there and trying to douse the fire. All agencies are now focused on first dousing the fire and rescuing the passengers,” Gurudutta Dhakal said.

Last year in May 2022, all 22 people on board a plane operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air died when it crashed after the air traffic control lost contact with the twin-propeller Twin Otter shortly after it took off from Pokhara. In March 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines plane crash-landed near Kathmandu international airport, killing 51 people.

(A Hindustan Times copy or reported by Hindustan Times)

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