Rescue teams work to recover bodies at the crash site of a plane carrying 72 people in Pokhara, western Nepal, on January 15, 2023.

Bijay Neupane/Handout via REUTERS

  • At least 64 people have died after a plane crashed near an airport in central Nepal.
  • 72 people were on board the Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu.
  • The plane is between two hills near the Pokhara airport, making it difficult for rescuers to work.
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At least 64 people have died after a plane crashed near an airport in central Nepal, according to reports.

The Yeti Airlines flight from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu crashed on landing, and videos on social media show the aircraft turning sharply just before hitting the ground. A loud explosion can be heard as it is out of sight.

Seventy-two people were on board the flight, including 68 passengers. So far 64 bodies have been recovered.

“We have sent 31 bodies to the hospital and we are still pulling 33 bodies out of the gorge,” police officer Ajay KC told Reuters.

The wreckage of the plane lies between two hills near the Pokhara airport, making it difficult for rescuers to reach, Reuters reports.

Local resident Arun Tamu told the news site that half of the plane was on the side of a hill, while the other had crashed into a river gorge.

At least 309 people have died since 2000 in plane or helicopter crashes in the mountainous Himalayan nation, Reuters reports. The European Union banned Nepalese airlines from accessing its airspace in 2013 for security reasons.

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