The worst air disaster in five years: a Yeti Airlines flight crashed near Nepalese Pokhara international airport, killing 68 people
At least 68 people perished on Sunday (01.15.2023) in Nepal’s worst air disaster in nearly five years, it has been reported by the Nepalese aviation authority. The Yeti Airlines flight was making its final landing approach from the capital Kathmandu, when it crashed near the Pokhara international airport.
Hundreds of rescuers have been dispatched to the crash site, situated on a hillside, in search of the four remaining bodies of the 68 recovered. A thick cloud of smoke can be seen rising from the wreckage as police, firefighters, volunteers and onlookers all gather in the area. 31 of the victims are in hospitals, whilst 37 are still in the crash site area.
The twin-engine ATR 72, which was 15 years old, was carrying 68 passengers and 4 crew members. Among the passengers were two babies, as well as citizens of different countries including; five Indians, four Russians, one Irishman, two South Koreans, one Australian, one Frenchman, and one Argentinean.
Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal, has called an emergency cabinet meeting in response to the tragedy, whilst Jagannath Niroula a spokesman for the Nepalese civil aviation authority noted that the weather conditions were good and search operations were underway.
The accident is the deadliest since March 2018, when a US-Bangla flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board.