The Yeti Airlines aircraft was heading to the town of Pokhara from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu when the plane crashed on coming into land and burst into flames. Footage shared on social media shows a plane flying low over houses before falling into a spin.
On board the crashed plane were 68 people, including 15 individuals from foreign countries and 4 crew members.
Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers are currently at the crash site, located near the Seti River, to assist with rescue efforts.
Officials have stated that more bodies are expected to be found and the plane has been severely damaged.
The aviation authority in Nepal has reported the plane made contact with the airport from Seti Gorge at 05:05 a.m. GMT. “Then it crashed.”
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The Prime Minister of Nepal has called for an emergency meeting with his cabinet and for state agencies to focus on rescue operations.
Among the passengers were 53 Nepalese citizens, 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 2 Koreans, and one person each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina, and France.
A local eyewitness told Reuters: “Half of the plane is on the hillside
“The other half has fallen into the gorge of the Seti river.”
In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people aboard.
In 1992, all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it plowed into a hill as it tried to land in Kathmandu.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest.