Update of plane crash in Pokhara: 68 dead confirmed

A total of 68 bodies have been collected from the aircraft crash spot. The Yeti Airline’s aircraft 9N-ANC ATR 72 was crashed around 11 am Sunday at the gorge of Seti river in Pokhara.

The aircraft took off at 10:33 am from Kathmandu to Pokhara with 72 people on board including crew members.

The rescue efforts were undertaken with help of crane as the plane fell deep down into the Seti River gorge, according to Anil Shahi, assistant Chief District officer, Kaski.

Thirty-one bodies have been already taken to the Pokhara-based Gandaki Hospital for post-mortem examinations.

Yeti Airlines spokesman Suman Bartaula said that two pilots, two air hostesses and 68 passengers were on board the ill-fated aircraft.

Among the deceased, 53 are Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, one Irish, one Argentinian, two Koreans and one French national.

The crew members are captain Kamal KC and trainee captain Anju Khatiwada, and airhostess Srijana Hongchun and Osin Alemagar.