Wed. Feb 8th, 2023

Kathmandu, Nepal

At the very least 68 folks had been killed Sunday when an plane went down close to the town of Pokhara in central Nepal, a authorities official stated, the nation’s deadliest aircraft crash in additional than 30 years.

Seventy-two folks – 4 crew members and 68 passengers – had been on board the ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airways when it crashed, Yeti Airways spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula stated. Thirty-seven had been males, 25 had been girls, three had been kids and three had been infants, Nepal’s civil aviation authority reported.

Search efforts had been known as off after darkish, Military spokesman Krishna Prasad Bhandar stated, and can resume Monday morning. A whole lot of first responders had been nonetheless working to find the remaining 4 people earlier than then, Bhandar stated.

Among the many lifeless is at the very least one toddler, in accordance with the Nepal’s civil aviation authority.

Sunday’s incident was the third-deadliest crash in Himalayan nation’s historical past, in accordance with knowledge from the Aviation Security Community. The one incidents through which extra folks had been killed passed off in July and September 1992. These crashes concerned plane run by Thai Airways and Pakistan Worldwide airways and left 113 and 167 folks lifeless, respectively.

The civil aviation authority stated that 53 of the passengers and all 4 crew members had been Nepali. Fifteen international nationals had been on the aircraft as nicely: 5 had been Indian, 4 had been Russian and two had been Korean. The remainder had been particular person residents of Australia, Argentina, France and Eire.

The plane had been flying from the capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara, the nation’s second-most populous metropolis, the nation’s state media The Rising Nepal reported. Pokahara is situated some 129 kilometers (80 miles) west of Kathmandu.

The aircraft was final in touch with Pokhara airport at about 10:50 a.m. native time, about 18 minutes after takeoff. It then went down within the close by Seti River Gorge. First responders from the Nepal Military and numerous police departments have been deployed to the crash website and are finishing up a rescue operation, the civil aviation authorities stated in an announcement.

Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal stated he was “deeply saddened by the unhappy and tragic accident.”

“I sincerely enchantment to the safety personnel, all businesses of the Nepal authorities and most of the people to start out an efficient rescue,” Dahal stated on Twitter.

Indian International Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar stated on Sunday he was “deeply grieved” to listen to concerning the crash and that his ideas had been “with the affected households.”

Nepal’s Yeti Airways stated it was canceling all common flights on Monday, January 16, in mourning for the victims of the crash.

The Himalayan nation of Nepal, dwelling to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, together with Everest, has a document of air accidents. Its climate can change all of the sudden and airstrips are usually sited in difficult-to-reach mountainous areas.

Final Could, a Tara Air flight carrying 22 folks crashed right into a Himalayan mountain at an altitude of about 14,500 ft. That was the nation’s nineteenth aircraft crash in 10 years and its tenth deadly one throughout the identical interval, in accordance with the Aviation Security Community database.

The plane concerned in Sunday’s crash was an ATR 72-500, a twin-prop turbojet usually used within the Asia-Pacific area, particularly amongst low-cost carriers. Planes made by ATR, a joint partnership between European aeronautics firms Airbus and Leonardo, usually have a very good fame.

Nevertheless, they’ve been concerned in crashes earlier than. Two ATR 72s operated by the now-defunct Taiwanese airline Transasia had been concerned in lethal crashes in July 2014 and February 2015. The second prompted Taiwanese authorities to quickly floor all ATR 72’s registered on the island.

In whole, the ATR 72’s numerous fashions had been concerned in 11 deadly incidents earlier than Sunday’s crash in Nepal, in accordance with the Aviation Security Community.

ATR stated in an announcement Sunday that it had been knowledgeable of the accident.

“Our first ideas are with all of the people affected by this,” the assertion learn. “ATR specialists are absolutely engaged to assist each the investigation and the shopper.”

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