Five Indians were on board the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed this morning in Pokhara, Nepal, the national aviation authority has confirmed in a tweet. At least 67 people died after the Nepalese airliner carrying 72 people, including 15 foreigners, crashed into a river gorge while landing at the airport in Pokhara, a major tourist destination in the Himalayan nation.
Yeti Airlines’ twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft was en route from the capital Kathmandu.
प्रेस for pic.twitter.com/aTy13uLmhh
– Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (@hello_CAANepal) January 15, 2023
The plane crashed into the bank of the River Seti between the old airport and the new airport about 20 minutes after takeoff, suggesting that the plane may have been descending. The flight time between the two cities is 25 minutes.
At least 40 bodies have been recovered from the scene of the accident, according to local media.
“We do not know at this time if there are any survivors,” the airline’s spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula told AFP news agency.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia expresses condolences for the loss of life in the plane crash.
“The loss of life in a tragic plane crash in Nepal is extremely unfortunate. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved. Om Shanti,” Scindia tweeted.
The Indian embassy said it is in contact with local authorities and is monitoring the situation. It also shared helpline numbers for Kathmandu and Pokhara.
I) Kathmandu: Shri Diwakar Sharma:+977-9851107021
II) Pokhara: Lieutenant Colonel Shashank Tripathi: +977-9856037699
Contacts helpline Embassy:
The embassy is in contact with the local authorities and is monitoring the situation.
-IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) January 15, 2023
Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest, Nepal has a record number of aircraft accidents.
Nepal’s last major plane crash occurred on May 29 when all 22 people on board, including four members of an Indian family, died when a Tara Air plane crashed in Nepal’s mountainous Mustang district.