Nepal plane crash: At least 68 killed in Yeti Airlines plane crash9 min read . Updated: 15 Jan 2023, 10:34 PM IST
- Nepal plane crash: There were 72 people on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines
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
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.
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.
“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.
Nepal's Yeti airlines says it has cancelled all regular flights for January 16 after the Sunday crash incident.
"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.
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.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expresses grief over air crash in Nepal's Pokhara, says "our thoughts are with the affected families.
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)
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)
Death toll rises to 44 in Nepal air crash, Nepal aviation authority official confirms.
The government of Nepal has declared a one-day national mourning tomorrow in wake of the aircraft crash at Pokhara airport.
The Nepal government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry to probe Yeti Airlines plane crash.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
The Embassy of India in Kathmandu, Nepal has issued two helpline numbers after plane crashed on the Pokhara runway.
Helplines of Embassy:
Details of plane and helicopter crashes this century in Nepal
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.
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.
A helicopter crashed in bad weather in eastern Nepal, killing all seven people on board, including the tourism minister.
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.
Two people were feared dead after a small plane crashed in western Nepal's Kalikot district.
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.
All 18 people on a small plane that crashed in bad weather were killed.
A small plane struck a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu, killing 19 people, including seven British and five Chinese passengers.
A small plane carrying foreign tourists to view Mount Everest crashed in bad weather near Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board.
A small plane crashed in the Himalayan foothills of remote east Nepal, killing all 22 people onboard.
Fourteen people - including four Americans, a Japanese, and a British national - were killed when their small plane crashed in bad weather in Nepal.
A small private plane crashed in the remote mountains of northeast Nepal, killing at least 18 people, mostly foreigners.
Four U.N. arms monitors were among at least 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal.
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.
A small cargo plane crashed in the Mount Everest region, killing its three crew.
A plane carrying foreign tourists slammed into a mountain in bad weather in Nepal, killing all 18 people on board.
A Twin Otter passenger plane crashed in western Nepal on Thursday, killing all 25 people on board.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nepal's Army spokesperson told ANI news agency that 16 bodies have been recovered so far.
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.
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.
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.
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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