40 people killed in an airplane crash in Pokhara, Nepal

40 people killed in an airplane crash in Pokhara, Nepal

By STEWART CARR (MAILONLINE / UK)

NEPAL — At least 40 people were killed today (Sunday, 15 January 2023) when a domestic flight crashed into a gorge while landing at a newly opened airport in the central resort town of Pokhara, an aviation authority official here said.

There were 72 people on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft run by Yeti Airlines, the official added.

Harrowing footage showed the plane moments before the disaster – which is the small Himalayan country’s worst crash in nearly five years.

Hundreds of rescue workers continued to scour the hillside site where the plane of domestic carrier Yeti Airlines, flying from the capital Kathmandu, went down.

‘Rescue operations are on,’ said Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for Nepal civil aviation authority. ‘Weather was clear.’

Local television showed thick black smoke billowing from the crash site as rescue workers and crowds of people gathered around the wreckage of the aircraft. (Source: Mailonline/ai/mtvn)

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