At Least 40 Killed In Nepal Plane Crash As Responders Search For Survivors
Authorities in Nepal have confirmed that an aircraft crash there on Sunday resulted in at least 40 fatalities.
As hundreds of rescuers combed the crash site on a hillside, Krishna Bhandari, a spokesman for the Nepali army, predicted that more bodies would be found.
We anticipate finding more bodies, according to Bhandari. The airplane has disintegrated into pieces.
72 people, including 68 passengers and 4 crew members, were on board, according to Sudarshan Bartaula, a spokesperson for Yeti Airlines.
Rescue efforts are ongoing; at this time, we are unsure of the number of survivors, Bartaula said.
In the center of Nepal, between the old and new Pokhara airports, a plane crashed.
According to local official Gurudutta Dhakal, rescue workers were attempting to put out a fire that had broken out in the wreckage.
Responders have already arrived and are putting out the fire, according to Dhakal. “At this time, the priority for all agencies is to put out the fire before rescuing the passengers.”
According to an airport official, the twin-engine ATR 72 plane was being flown by Yeti Airlines out of Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation.
Following the crash, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal convened an urgent meeting of his cabinet and urged government organizations to begin rescue efforts.
53 of the passengers are reportedly from Nepal. The foreign nationals on board included one Australian, one French, one Argentinian, four Russians, five Indians, two South Koreans, and one passenger from Ireland, according to an airport official.
Because of Nepal’s remote runways and potentially dangerous sudden weather changes, aviation accidents are not uncommon there.
The accident on Sunday was the worst to occur in the nation in the previous five years.