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Yeti Airlines’ 9N-ANC ATR-72 which took off from capital Kathmandu crashed near Pokhara, where it was to land, this with 72 people onboard according to several media reports. As per the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the plane took off at 10:33 am from Kathmandu.
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, Republica newspaper reported.
Rescue operations are underway and further details of the incident is awaited.
Images and videos posted by users on social media showed plumes of smoke emerging from the crash site.
Of the 72 passengers onboard, 52 were Nepalese and 13 were foreign nationals including 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 2 Koreans and one Irish, Argentinian and French national each. Two infants were also onboard.
Following the incident, Nepal Prime Minister Pushp Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ reached Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport to take stock of the situation. The Nepal government has called an emergency cabinet meeting regarding the same.
Second Aircrash In 8 Months
In May last year, a turboprop aircraft which was operated by Tara Air, the domestic air service provider, was en route to Jomsom from Pokhara when it crashed at a height of 14, 500 feet at the base of Manapathi peak.
The twin-otter aircraft, which took off from Pokhara for Jomsom in Mustang at 9:55 am (NST) fell out of touch shortly after it took off and was later found at Sansure Cliff of Thasang Rural Municipality-2 in Mustang