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- 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 rescue workers to work.
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, with videos on social media showing the aircraft spinning sharply just before it hit the ground. A loud explosion can be heard, as it goes out of view.
Seventy-two people were on board the flight, including 68 passengers. 64 bodies have been recovered so far.
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“We have sent 31 bodies to the hospital and are still taking out 33 bodies from the gorge,” police official Ajay K.C told Reuters.
The plane’s wreckage is sited between two hills near the Pokhara airport, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach, Reuters reports.
Local resident Arun Tamu told the news site that half of the aircraft was on a hillside, whilst the other had fallen into the gorge of a river.
At least 309 people have died since 2000 in plane or helicopter crashes in the mountainous nation of the Himalayas, Reuters report. The European Union banned Nepali airlines from its airspace in 2013 over concerns regarding safety.
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