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Yeti Airlines plane with 72 people on board crashes in Nepal

Yeti Airlines plane with 72 people on board crashes in Nepal

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A plane with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal on Sunday morning, killing at least 16 people, an army spokesman said.

The Yeti Airline plane was carrying 68 passengers and 4 crew members when it crashed near Pokhara International Airport, reports the Kathmandu Post, citing an airline spokesperson. Two babies and 10 foreign nationals were also on board.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of cabinet members after the crash and ordered security officials to immediately assist in rescue operations, the news outlet reported.

Dahal said the plane was flying from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara in central Nepal when it went down.

A rescue team was dispatched to the crash site by helicopter, the Kathmandu Post reported.

“We expect to retrieve more bodies,” army spokesman Krishna Bhandari said. “The plane went to pieces.”

Videos of the crash on social media showed flames and smoke billowing from the damaged twin-engine ATR 72.

Crowds could quickly be seen gathering around the wreckage as rescue teams tried to rescue any survivors.

It is unclear if there are any survivors.

A Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people crashed in Nepal on Sunday.


A Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people crashed in Nepal on Sunday.

A Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people crashed in Nepal on Sunday.


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