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Passenger plane with 72 people on board crashes

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An ATR 72 aircraft of Yeti Airlines that flew to Pokhara from Kathmandu has crashed in Pokhara of Kaski district on Sunday morning.

A total of 68 passengers and four crew members were on board the aircraft that crashed between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport, Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesperson of Yeti Airlines, told the Post.

According to him, among the passengers are three infants, three children and 62 adults.

General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport Premnath Thakur said the aircraft with a call sign 9N-ANC took off from Kathmandu at 10:30am.

Images and videos posted on social media platforms showed plumes of smoke billowing from the crash site.

The details are awaited. Security personnel along with locals are carrying out rescue operations at the crash site.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers following the crash.

The prime minister has directed Home Ministry, security personnel and all the government agencies to carry out immediate rescue and relief operations.


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