Over 68 persons out of 72 people onboard Yeti Arline that crashed on Sunday morning in Pokhara in Nepal has been confirmed dead.
Videos posted online showed one of the four survivors rushed out without burnt from the burning flame.
Officials who confirmed the death figures also in the late evening called off the search operations for the day, saying “they will resume on Monday”.
Videos online showed hundreds of rescue workers scoured the hillside where the flight carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu went down.
A video clip which claims to show the Yeti Airline plane moments before it crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara has gone viral on social media.
The aircraft with 68 passengers and 4 crew members on board crashed with Nepal Civil aviation authority confirmed that 53 Nepalis, 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 2 South Koreans and one national each of Ireland, Australia, Argentina, France were in the plane that crashed close to two airports.
The plane crashed between the old and new Pokhara airports in central Nepal.
It was gathered that the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft was flying from Kathmandu, the Himalayan country’s capital, an airport official said. country’s prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, called an emergency cabinet meeting.
The weather was clear, said Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority.
The crash is considered Nepal’s deadliest since March 2018, when a US-Bangla Dash 8 turboprop flight from Dhaka crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board, according to Aviation Safety Network.
At least 350 people have died since 2000 in plane or helicopter crashes in Nepal, – home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest – where the weather reportedly can change suddenly and make for hazardous conditions.
The European Union has banned Nepali airlines from its airspace since 2013, citing safety concerns.