Eight bodies have been recovered after a Nepalese commercial plane carrying 72 passengers, including 10 foreigners, crashed on Sunday as it was landing at the Pokhara airport.
The 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines departed Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 10:33 am, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
The plane crashed while attempting to land at Pokhara Airport, close to the Seti River and the new airport. As per Republica newspaper, there were four crew members and a total of 68 passengers.
10 foreigners were among the passengers, reported to Nepal Television, a government-run station.
My Republica newspaper stated that eight dead corpses had been discovered close to the accident scene.
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72 passengers were on board. Plane crash at Pokhra International Airport. pic.twitter.com/igBoObcCDm
The plane fell into the Seti river valley, according to Kaski district chief district officer Tek Bahadur KC. He was reported by the The Himalayan Times as adding that rescue operations were underway.
Social media posts on various platforms revealed smoke plumes rising from the crash scene.
Four crew members and 68 passengers were on board the airplane. The plane crashed between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport, according to Yeti Airlines spokeswoman Sudarshan Bartaula, who spoke to the Kathmandu Post.