Nepal: 67 people perish in plane crash
Plane crashed between the old and new Pokhara airport in central Nepal.
At least 67 people died Sunday in Nepal in the crash of a plane from the airline Yeti Airlines which was carrying 72 people, police said.
Thirty-one (bodies) were taken to hospitals, police officer AK Chhetri told AFP, adding that another 36 bodies were found in the ravine where the plane crashed. #x27;plane.
The plane from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu crashed in the morning near the local airport of Pokhara, in the center from Nepal, where it was to land.
This city is a gateway for religious pilgrims and trekkers from all over the world.
The carcass of the burning aircraft was in a deep ravine between this airport, created in 1958, and the new international terminal in Pokhara, which opened on January 1.
The x27;plane had 68 passengers and four crew members on board, company spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula told AFP.
Among them there are 15 foreign nationals, including a Frenchman, he said.
The company added that five citizens of India were also among the passengers along with four Russians, two Koreans, an Australian, an Argentinian and an Irishman.
The cabin is in fire and rescue are focused first on extinguishing the fire and rescuing passengers, local official Gurudutta Dhakal said.
At the scene of the the accident, the rescuers hosed down the pieces of the twin-engine ATR 72 on fire. Around lay debris from the aircraft, among which were seats.
A video shared on social networks showed dozens of people massed around a huge blaze, releasing a thick cloud of black and opaque smoke, at the bottom of a deep ravine, whose vegetation was already reduced in size. ash.
In another video, which AFP could not verify, a plane flies low over a residential area, banked sharply on the left, before a loud explosion.
Rescue operations are underway in Nepal, where attempts are being made to find survivors following the crash of a Yeti Airlines aircraft.
Nepal's airline industry has boomed in recent years, ferrying goods and people to hard-to-reach areas, as well as trekkers and foreign mountaineers. But she suffered from a lack of safety due to insufficient training and maintenance. access its airspace for security reasons.
The Himalayan country also has some of the most isolated and tricky tracks in the world, flanked by snow-capped peaks that challenge even seasoned pilots to approach.
The Aircraft operators say Nepal lacks infrastructure to make accurate weather forecasts, especially in remote areas with rugged mountainous terrain where fatal crashes have occurred in the past .
The weather also changes rapidly in the mountains, creating even more challenging flying conditions.
In May 2022, all 22 people on board a plane operated by Nepalese company Tara Air – 16 Nepalese, four Indians and two Germans – died when the plane crashed.
Air traffic control had lost contact with the twin-propeller aircraft shortly after taking off from Pokhara heading for Jomsom, a popular trekking destination. Its wreckage was found a day later, on the side of a mountain at an altitude of about 4400 meters.
About 60 people took part in the search mission, most of them having traveled miles on foot to get there.
After this crash, the authorities tightened the regulations, in particular so that the planes are only allowed to fly if the weather forecast is favorable throughout the journey.
In March 2018, a US-Bangla Airlines plane crashed near the notoriously difficult-to-reach Kathmandu International Airport, killing 51 people.
The accident was the deadliest in Nepal since 1992, when the 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane died in a crash on approach to Kathmandu.
Two months earlier t, a Thai Airways plane had crashed near the same airport, killing 113 people.