Dozens died in a plane crash during landing in the resort town of Nepal

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A 72-seat Nepalese passenger plane plunged into a gorge while landing at the newly opened airport in the central resort city of Pokhara on Sunday, killing at least 32 people, an official said. is almost a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Pokhara International Airport and we expected to find more bodies, said Tek Bahadur KC, Kaski District Senior Administrative Officer. It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash. Twin The ATR 72 aircraft, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, was carrying 68 passengers, including 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement. Among the foreigners are five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans and one each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who rushed to the airport after the crash, said that the plane was flying from the capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara. He called on security personnel and the general public to assist in the rescue effort. Images and videos posted on Twitter showed plumes of smoke rising from the crash site as rescue workers, Nepalese soldiers and crowds of people gathered around the wreckage. Pokhara, located 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular hiking trail in the Himalayas. Pokhara International Airport started functioning only two weeks ago. Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, Nepal has a history of plane crashes. Last year, 22 people died when a plane crashed into a mountainside in Nepal. In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on approach to Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board. In 1992, all 167 people on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it tried to land and crashed into a hill in Kathmandu.___Saaliq reported from New Delhi.

A 72-seat Nepali passenger plane plunged into a gorge while landing at the newly opened airport in the central resort city of Pokhara on Sunday, killing at least 32 people, an official said.

Rescuers were clearing the crash site near the Seti River, which is nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Pokhara International Airport, and expected to find more bodies, said Tek Bahadur KS, Kaski district senior administrative officer.

It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash.

The Nepal Yeti Airlines twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft was carrying 68 passengers, including 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement. Among the foreigners were five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans and one each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who rushed to the airport after the crash, said the plane was flying from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara. He called on security personnel and the public to help in rescue operations.

Images and videos shared on Twitter show plumes of smoke rising from the crash site as rescue workers, Nepali soldiers and crowds of people gather around the wreckage.

Pokhara, located 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular hiking trail in the Himalayas. Pokhara International Airport started functioning only two weeks ago.

Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, Nepal has a history of plane crashes.

Last year, 22 people died when a the plane crashed on the mountainside in Nepal. In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on approach to Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board.

In 1992, all 167 people on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it crashed into a hill while trying to land in Kathmandu.

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Saaliq reported from New Delhi.

Dozens died in a plane crash during landing in the resort town of Nepal

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