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Nepal plane crash: At least 68 killed in Yeti Airlines plane crash

Nepal plane crash: There were 72 people on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines

Nepal plane crash: Rescuers inspect the site of a plane crash in Pokhara on January 15, 2023. - An aircraft with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal on January 15, Yeti Airlines and a local official said (AFP)Premium
Nepal plane crash: Rescuers inspect the site of a plane crash in Pokhara on January 15, 2023. - An aircraft with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal on January 15, Yeti Airlines and a local official said (AFP)

Nepal's Yeti airline on Sunday crashed in Pokhara. As per the latest report, 68 people have been killed. There were 72 passengers on the aircraft, including four Indians. According to Nepal civil aviation authority, the weather was clear when the accident happened, and rescue operation is on. Livemint will provide you with all the latest updates on Nepal plane crash

15 Jan 2023, 09:34:09 PM IST

Malfunctioning of system, human error could have caused Nepal plane crash: Experts

Mishandling, malfunctioning of aircraft system or pilot fatigue could be among the factors that caused the deadly plane crash in Nepal that killed at least 68 people on Sunday, according to pilots and an aircraft accident investigation expert.

15 Jan 2023, 08:57:34 PM IST

4 of 5 Indians who died in Nepal plane crash were planning to visit Pokhara for paragliding

Of the five Indians who were feared dead in the plane crash in Nepal today, four were planning to participate in paragliding in the popular tourist hub of Pokhara, a local resident has said.

15 Jan 2023, 08:11:46 PM IST

Nepal plane crash: PM Modi expresses condolences

“Pained by the tragic air crash in Nepal in which precious lives have been lost, including Indian nationals. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

15 Jan 2023, 06:27:16 PM IST

Nepal's Yeti airlines cancels regular flights for Jan 16

Nepal's Yeti airlines says it has cancelled all regular flights for January 16 after the Sunday crash incident.

15 Jan 2023, 06:23:31 PM IST

Eye-witness recalls horrific plane crash in Nepal

"We heard a loud sound and came rushing to the spot (where the plane crash happened). There we could spot a few injured people and dead bodies in the debris," an eye-witness Deepak Sahi recalls the horrific plane crash in Nepal's Pokhara that left 68 people dead.

15 Jan 2023, 04:44:23 PM IST

At least 68 killed in Nepal's worst air crash in 30 years

At least 68 people were killed on Sunday when a domestic flight crashed in Pokhara in Nepal, the country's Civil Aviation Authority said, in the worst air crash in three decades in the small Himalayan nation.

15 Jan 2023, 04:35:34 PM IST

WATCH: Visual from Nepal plane crash site in Pokhara

15 Jan 2023, 04:31:53 PM IST

EAM Jaishankar expresses grief over Nepal air crash

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expresses grief over air crash in Nepal's Pokhara, says "our thoughts are with the affected families.

15 Jan 2023, 04:16:34 PM IST

Pokhara airport was inaugurated 2 weeks ago and built with Chinese assistance

The Pokhara International Airport, which witnessed the fatal crash of a Nepalese passenger plane with 72 people onboard on Sunday, was inaugurated two weeks ago by Nepal’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and built with Chinese assistance. The flagship project was part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation. (PTI)

15 Jan 2023, 03:39:25 PM IST

Death toll from Nepal plane crash rises to at least 67

At least 67 people are confirmed dead after a plane carrying 72 people crashed in Nepal on Sunday, police said.

"Thirty-one (bodies) have been taken to hospitals," police official AK Chhetri told AFP, adding that 36 other bodies were found in the gorge where the aircraft crashed. (AFP)

15 Jan 2023, 03:10:02 PM IST

Nepal air crash death toll now 44 

Death toll rises to 44 in Nepal air crash, Nepal aviation authority official confirms.

15 Jan 2023, 02:53:05 PM IST

Nepal govt declares one-day national mourning tomorrow

The government of Nepal has declared a one-day national mourning tomorrow in wake of the aircraft crash at Pokhara airport.

15 Jan 2023, 02:50:54 PM IST

Nepal govt forms panel to probe Yeti Airlines plane crash

The Nepal government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry to probe Yeti Airlines plane crash.

15 Jan 2023, 02:38:26 PM IST

About the Yeti airline planelight that crashed

The ATR72 is a widely used twin engine turboprop plane manufactured by a joint venture of Airbus and Italy's Leonardo. Yeti Airlines has a fleet of six ATR72-500 planes, according to its website. Yeti describes itself on its website as a leading domestic carrier of Nepal.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 said on Twitter the Yeti Airlines aircraft was 15 years old and equipped with an old transponder with unreliable data.

"We are downloading high resolution data and verifying the data quality," it said.

15 Jan 2023, 02:15:49 PM IST

ICYMI: Nepal Plane crash-What we know so far?

A domestic flight crashed in to the Seti river between the old airport and the new airport while landing at the Pokhara airport. At least 40 people have reportedly died in Sunday's unfortunate incident. 

Nepal's aviation authorities have termed the plane crash, the worst in past five years. 

There were a total of 68 passengers and four crew members onboard the Yeti Airlines flight. At least 40 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage site, local media reports have said.

The craft made contact with the airport from Seti Gorge at 10:50 a.m. (0505 GMT), the aviation authority said in a statement. "Then it crashed."

There were five Indians, four Russians, one Irish, two South Korean, one Australian, one French and one Argentinian national onboard., Reuters reported.

15 Jan 2023, 02:11:28 PM IST

What is happening in Kathmandu?

Nepal prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' reached the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To look into the situation, PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday called an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers following an aircraft crash in Pokhara. The Prime Minister directed Home Ministry, security personnel and all the government agencies to carry out immediate rescue and relief operations, according to a report by Kathmandu Post

15 Jan 2023, 02:08:41 PM IST

Half of the plane has fallen into the gorge: Local

"Half of the plane is on the hillside," said Arun Tamu, a local resident, who told Reuters he reached the site minutes after the plane went down." "The other half has fallen into the gorge of the Seti river."

Locals watch the wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal, Sunday, Jan.15, 2023. A passenger plane with 72 people on board has crashed near Pokhara International Airport in Nepal, the daily newspaper Kathmandu Post reports. The plane was carrying 68 passengers and four crew members. AP/PTI(AP01_15_2023_000105A)
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Locals watch the wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal, Sunday, Jan.15, 2023. A passenger plane with 72 people on board has crashed near Pokhara International Airport in Nepal, the daily newspaper Kathmandu Post reports. The plane was carrying 68 passengers and four crew members. AP/PTI(AP01_15_2023_000105A) (AP)
15 Jan 2023, 02:02:29 PM IST

Nepal plane crash: Jyotiraditya Scindia condoles loss of lives

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia condoled the loss of lives in the plane crash in Nepal's Pokhara.

"The loss of lives in a tragic plane crash in Nepal is extremely unfortunate. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved. Om Shanti," tweeted Scindia.

15 Jan 2023, 01:54:11 PM IST

Nepal plane crash: Embassy of India issues helpline no.

The Embassy of India in Kathmandu, Nepal has issued two helpline numbers after plane crashed on the Pokhara runway.

Helplines of Embassy:

  • Kathmandu: Shri Diwakar Sharma:+977-9851107021
  • Pokhara: Lt Col Shashank Tripathi: +977-9856037699

15 Jan 2023, 01:49:33 PM IST

Nepal: Deadly aircraft crashes common in the mountainous country

Details of plane and helicopter crashes this century in Nepal

  • JAN 15, 2023

A twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft carrying 72 people, operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines, crashed in Pokhara, killing at least 40. Authorities said the death toll could rise as the plane had broken into pieces.

  • MAY 29, 2022

Sixteen Nepalis, four Indians, and two Germans died on a De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft that crashed 15 minutes after taking off from Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu.

  • FEB. 27, 2019

A helicopter crashed in bad weather in eastern Nepal, killing all seven people on board, including the tourism minister.

  • MARCH 12, 2018

Fifty-one of 71 people on a Bangladeshi airliner died when it crashed in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the Nepalese capital's hill-ringed airport.

  • FEB. 26, 2016

Two people were feared dead after a small plane crashed in western Nepal's Kalikot district.

  • FEB. 24, 2016

A small plane crashed in bad weather, killing all 23 people on board. The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by private Tara Air, was on a flight from Pokhara.

  • FEB. 16, 2014

All 18 people on a small plane that crashed in bad weather were killed.

  • SEPT. 28, 2012

A small plane struck a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu, killing 19 people, including seven British and five Chinese passengers.

  • SEPT. 25, 2011

A small plane carrying foreign tourists to view Mount Everest crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board.

  • DEC. 16, 2010

A small plane crashed in the Himalayan foothills of remote east Nepal, killing all 22 people onboard.

  • AUG. 24, 2010

Fourteen people - including four Americans, a Japanese, and a British national - were killed when their small plane crashed in bad weather in Nepal.

  • OCT. 8, 2008

A small private plane crashed in the remote mountains of northeast Nepal, killing at least 18 people, mostly foreigners.

  • MARCH 4, 2008

Four U.N. arms monitors were among at least 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal.

  • JUNE 21, 2006

A Twin Otter passenger plane belonging to a private Nepali airline crashed minutes before landing in the west of the country, killing all nine people onboard.

  • MAY 25, 2004

A small cargo plane crashed in the Mount Everest region, killing its three crew.

  • AUG 22, 2002

A plane carrying foreign tourists slammed into a mountain in bad weather in Nepal, killing all 18 people on board.

  • JULY 27, 2000

A Twin Otter passenger plane crashed in western Nepal on Thursday, killing all 25 people on board.

15 Jan 2023, 01:41:45 PM IST

Nepal plane crash history: Here's a look at the spotty history of Nepal's airline crash

Nepal has had a fraught record of aviation accidents. It is partly because of its sudden weather changes and airstrips located in hard-to-access rocky terrains.

  • 2022: The last major air accident in Nepal happened on May 29 when all 22 people onboard, including four Indians, were killed as a Tara Air plane crashed in Nepal's mountainous Mustang district.
  • 2016: All 23 people aboard were killed when a plane of the same airline flying the same route crashed after takeoff.
  • 2018: A US-Bangla Air crash occurred at the Tribhuvan International Airport, killing 51 people on board.
  • 2021: A Sita Air flight crashed in September while making an emergency landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A total of 19 people were killed in that accident.
  • 2012: Another major plane crash happened in 2012. A plane flying from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed near Jomsom airport on May 14, 2012, killing 15 people.

15 Jan 2023, 01:33:49 PM IST

Nepal: Plane crashed into the Seti river gorge

According to Tek Bahadur KC, Chief District Officer of the Kaski district, the plane crashed into the Seti river gorge.

The Seti river flows in western Nepal. It is a left tributary of the Trishuli River. It gorges around Pokhara-a major tourist attraction

15 Jan 2023, 01:22:38 PM IST

Nepal plane crash: When and How it happened

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Yeti Airlines' 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft took off from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 am. Pokhara is a major tourist destination in the Himalayan nation.

While landing at the Pokhara airport, the aircraft crashed on the bank of the Seti River between the old airport and the new airport. There were a total of 68 passengers and four crew members.

At least 32 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage site, The Himalayan Times newspaper reported.

A passenger plane with 72 people on board has crashed near Pokhara International Airport in Nepal
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A passenger plane with 72 people on board has crashed near Pokhara International Airport in Nepal (AP)
15 Jan 2023, 01:19:58 PM IST

Nepal plane crash updates: 14 foreign nationals on board

Nepal's Yeti Airlines had 14 foreign nationals onboard--5 Indian, 4 Russian, One Irish, 2 Koreans, 1 Argentinian and a French national. Whereas, there were 53 Nepalis onboard.

15 Jan 2023, 01:19:24 PM IST

Nepal aircraft updates: 16 bodies recovered

Nepal's Army spokesperson told ANI news agency that 16 bodies have been recovered so far.

15 Jan 2023, 01:14:51 PM IST

Nepal plane crash: Where is Pokhara located?

 

Pokhara is located 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu. The 72-seater aircraft crashed on the runway at Pokhara airport in Nepal.

It is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular hiking trail in the Himalayas.

Nepal: Pokhara airport on Google Maps
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Nepal: Pokhara airport on Google Maps
15 Jan 2023, 01:07:14 PM IST

Nepal's spotty air safety record

Last year, 22 people died when a plane crashed on a mountainside in Nepal. In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people aboard.

15 Jan 2023, 01:06:08 PM IST

Nepal plane crash video: wreckage on fire; rescue operation on

In a video circulated on internet showed flames on the ground and black smoke billowing into the sky, apparently from wreckage strewn across the crash site.

15 Jan 2023, 01:02:56 PM IST

Nepal Prime Minister calls for emergency meeting

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency cabinet meeting after the plane crash.

“I am deeply saddened by the sad and tragic accident of Yeti Airlines ANC ATR 72 which was flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara with passengers. I sincerely appeal to the security personnel, all agencies of the Nepal government and the general public to start an effective rescue," Nepal Prime Minister wrote.

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