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Over 60 killed in Nepal plane crash

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Sunday, January 15, 2023

Rescuers gather at the site of the crash after the incident on Sunday. (Photo: Yunish Gurung/AFP]

More than 60 people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

According to Reuters, the Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before spinning sharply.

Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

“By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

“The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti river and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers are involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti River, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

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