An airline spokeswoman confirmed that at least 32 passengers perished in Sunday’s plane crash in Pokhara in central Nepal. According to Yeti Airlines spokeswoman Sudarshan Bartaula, there were 72 individuals on board the wrecked ATR-72 plane from Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, including 4 crew members and 68 passengers.
The country’s civil aviation authority said that 53 of the passengers and all four crew members were from Nepal. There were also 15 people from outside the country on the plane. Five of them were from India, four were from Russia, and two were from Korea. The rest were people from Australia, Argentina, France, and Ireland who lived on their own.
Tek Bahadur K.C., the chief district officer of Kaski, said that the district police and the district administration office are working on a rescue operation. They hope to save at least a few people. He said that there were 32 dead bodies in Gandaki Hospital right now.
🇳🇵⚡At least 32 people have died in a #Yeti plane crash at Pokhara Airport in Nepal, according to local media, the number of injured is still unknown. There were 72 people on board including 10 foreigners and 4 crew.
The plane crashed during takeoff. Rescue work continues. pic.twitter.com/x6cFPMt9Hg
— Megh Updates 🚨™ (@MeghUpdates) January 15, 2023
Nepal’s official news outlet, The Rising Nepal, stated that the plane went down while traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, located some 80 miles west of the capital. Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that he was “deeply saddened by the sad and tragic accident.”
“I sincerely appeal to the security personnel, all agencies of the Nepal government and the general public to start an effective rescue,” Dahal said on Twitter.
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Home to eight of the world’s fourteen tallest mountains, including Everest, the Himalayan country of Nepal has a history of air accidents. The weather there can change quickly, and most airstrips are in hard-to-reach mountainous areas. In May of last year, a Tara Air flight with 22 people on board crashed into a Himalayan mountain at about 14,500 feet.
According to the Aviation Safety Network database, that was the 19th plane crash in the country in the last 10 years, and the 10th one that killed people. Follow us only on Journalist PR to get more news like this.