Passenger plane crashes in Nepal, 16 passengers die. PHOTOS/Al Jazeera
KATHMANDU – At least 16 people died after a aircraft which carried 72 people fell in Nepal , Sunday (15/1/2023). The plane was flying from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara when it crashed. Pokhara is a bustling tourist city about 200 km west of Kathmandu.
Local television showed thick black smoke rising from the crash site as rescue workers and crowds gathered around the wreckage.
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“Respondents have reached there and are trying to put out the fire. All agencies are now focused on putting out the fire first and saving the passengers,” said local official Gurudutta Dhakal, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
Ramyata Limbu speaking from Kathmandu said local residents in Pokhara confirmed the weather and visibility were “good” when the plane went down.
“So (the crash) was a shock and a shock,” he told Al Jazeera. “Viewers reported that they could observe the plane experiencing problems before it crashed into a canyon near the airport,” he continued.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency cabinet meeting following the plane crash, a government statement said.
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“I am deeply saddened by the sad and tragic accident of Yeti Airlines ANC ATR 72 flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara with a passenger,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I sincerely appeal to the security personnel, all Nepal government agencies and the general public to initiate an effective rescue,” he continued.
In May, a Tara Air plane crashed less than 20 minutes after taking off from Pokhara, en route to Jomsom – a popular trekking and pilgrimage destination in the Mustang district bordering Tibet.
In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board.
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