Anxious wait for relatives after Nepal plane

16 January 2023
2023-01-16 10:36

Relatives arrived at Kathmandu airport after a 72-seat Nepali passenger aircraft crashed into a gorge while landing at an airport in Pokhara on Sunday, killing at least 32 people, according to the official.

Nepal Prime Minister said the plane was flying from the capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara. He urged security personnel and the general public to help with the rescue efforts. The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, was carrying 68 passengers, including 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members, Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement.

The foreigners included five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, and one each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France. Pokhara, located 125 miles west of Kathmandu, is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular hiking trail in the Himalayas. Pokhara International Airport began operations only two weeks ago.

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