At least 40 killed in plane crash in Nepal


There were 72 people on the plane, including six minors

At least 40 people were killed in a plane crash in Pokhara, western Nepal, an army spokesman said on Sunday. Yeti Airlines’ twin-engine ATR 72 was carrying 72 passengers at the time of the event, including “four crew members and 10 foreign nationals,” said airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartula. In addition, 6 minors would also travel inside.

“We don’t know their nationalities. We’re trying to find out,” Bartula said. Initial information suggests the plane lost control in an area between the new airport and the old one in Pokhara and started to burn. Rescue services are on the scene and are trying to recover the bodies of the occupants.

Plane crashes are not uncommon in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest, as the weather can change suddenly and dangerous conditions can arise. The country’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal convened an emergency cabinet following the accident.

Source: La Verdad


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