On Sunday morning, a passenger plane operated by Yeti Airlines crashed in Nepal, killing all 72 passengers and crew members on board. The ATR 72 aircraft was en route from the capital city of Kathmandu to Pokhara when it crashed while attempting to land at Pokhara International Airport.
#NepalPlaneCrash#Nepal: 72-seater passenger aircraft crashes in #Pokhara; rescue operations underway.
A total of 68 passengers & four crew members were on board.
Pankaj, @MadhavGK & @prathibhatweets share the latest updates.
Footage posted on social media shows the plane flying at a dangerously low altitude just moments before the tragedy. Local resident Arun Tamu, who reached the crash site minutes after the plane went down, described the scene.
"Half of the plane is on the hillside," he said. "The other half has fallen into the gorge of the Seti river." Ramyata Limbu, another local resident, reported that weather and visibility were good at the time of the crash, making the incident "shocking and surprising."
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency cabinet meeting in response to the crash, and posted on Twitter that he was "deeply saddened" by the accident.
He urged security personnel, government agencies, and the general public to start an effective rescue effort. Local official Gurudutta Dhakal reported that responders had already reached the crash site and were trying to extinguish the fire and rescue passengers.
The Russian embassy in Nepal confirmed that there were four Russian citizens on the plane. “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,” he posted on Twitter.
“I sincerely appeal to the security personnel, all agencies of the Nepal government and the general public to start an effective rescue”. “Responders have already reached there and trying to douse the fire.
All agencies are now focused on first dousing the fire and rescuing the passengers,” local official Gurudutta Dhakal said.
Investigating the Cause
The cause of the accident is currently being determined. The aviation authority said in a statement that the craft made contact with the airport from Seti Gorge at 10:50am (05:05 GMT), and then crashed. The authorities and experts are investigating the cause of the crash.