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At least 32 dead in Yeti Airlines flight crash in Pokhara, Nepal


Kathmandu, Nepal

At least 32 people were killed when a plane crashed near Pokhara in central Nepal on Sunday, an official said.

Seventy-two people – four crew members and 68 passengers – were on board the ATR-72 operated by Nepalese company Yeti Airlines when it crashed, state media The Rising Nepal reported.

District police and the district administration office are carrying out a rescue operation and hope to rescue at least a few survivors, said Tek Bahadur KC, the Kaski district chief.

He said 32 corpses were now in Gandaki hospital.

The plane had flown from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara, some 129 kilometers (80 miles) west of the capital.

Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said he was “deeply saddened by this sad and tragic accident”.

“I sincerely call on security personnel, all Nepalese government agencies and the general public to launch an effective rescue,” Dahal said on Twitter.

The Himalayan country of Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains, including Everest, has a record for air crashes. Its weather can change suddenly, and airstrips are usually located in hard-to-reach mountainous areas.

Last May, a Tara Air flight carrying 22 people crashed into a Himalayan mountain at an altitude of around 14,500 feet. It was the country’s 19th plane crash in 10 years and its 10th fatal accident in the same period, according to the Aviation Safety Network database.

This is a developing story. More soon.

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