A plane with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal Sunday morning according to an army spokesman and reports.
The Yeti Airline ATR-72 – reg. 9N-ANC – was carrying 68 passengers and 4 crew members when it crashed near Pokhara International Airport, the Kathmandu Post reported, citing an airline spokesperson.
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- UPDATE “We have recovered 68 bodies so far. We are looking for four more bodies. We pray for a miracle to happen” say Nepal authorities.
- UPDATE Both cockpit and voice recorders have been found, in good condition.
- UPDATE Nepal government declares a one-day national mourning on January 16.
- UPDATE The aircraft was only 15 years old.
- UPDATE As many as 36 bodies have been pulled from the crash site so far.
- UPDATE None of the passengers survived.
The country’s civil aviation authority reported that 53 of the passengers and all four crew members were Nepali. Fifteen foreign nationals were on the plane as well: five were Indian, four were Russian and two were Korean. The rest were individual citizens of Australia, Argentina, France and Ireland.
The aircraft was performing flight #YT691 from the capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara, some 129 kilometers (80 miles) west of the capital, the country’s state media The Rising Nepal reported.