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A plane crashes in Nepal and more than 60 people die in the deadliest accident of the century

The plane took off from the country’s capital, Kathmandu, and had 72 people on board; The rescue team is still carrying out work to find and identify possible victims

Prakash MATEMA / AFP Nepal
Rescue teams gather at the site of a plane crash in Pokhara

An ATR 72 twin-engine plane crashed this Sunday morning, the 15th, in the city of Pokhara, in Nepal, in an accident where 68 people died. According to the authority of Civil Aviation of the country, about 72 people were on board when the plane took off from the country’s capital, Kathmandu. Armed Forces spokesmen reported that more than 40 troops have already been evacuated from the country accident and search teams are still working to locate and identify the others victim. “Rescue operations are continuing. The weather was clear and clear,” said Jagannath Niroula, spokesperson of the local civil aviation authority. Data from the Aviation Safety Network indicates that this is the accident more deadly of the past 30 years in Nepal since, in 1992, a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A300 crashed into a hill in Kathmandu, killing 167 people. THE fall this Sunday it happened on a plane operated by the local airline company, Yeti Airlines. Among the occupants were two children, four crew members and 15 other foreigners. Arun Tamu, a local resident, said Reuters that “half of the plane is on the slope” and that “the other half has fallen into the mouth of the Seti river”. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Prime Minister of Nepal, called a cabinet meeting eMERGENCY after the incident for investigation.

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