The tragedy of a plane crash has struck Nepal again with the saddening news of a Yeti aircraft crash in Pokhara this morning. The aircraft carrying 72 on board from the capital Kathmandu crashed between the old and new airports in the city, located in western Nepal. The plane was close to landing at the Pokhara airport, when it crashed into a river gorge on the bank of the Seti River.
Reportedly, 68 passengers and four crew members were on board which included 15 foreign nationals including six children. The victim’s nationalities in the tragic crash have been identified as 53 Nepalese, 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 2 South Koreans, 1 Argentinian, 1 Irish, 1 Australian and 1 French.
According to the sources, rescue operations have been difficult because of a raging fire at the wreckage. Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ called an emergency cabinet meeting soon after the crash, and the Nepal government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry to probe the incident.