At least 32 people died in a plane crash in Nepal

NEW DELHI – At least 32 people were killed Sunday when a 72-seat passenger plane crashed in Pokhara, a resort town in central Nepal, an official said.

Rescuers were scouring the crash site near Pokhara International Airport and expected to find more bodies, said Tek Bahadur KS, Kaski District Senior Administrative Officer. There were 68 passengers and four crew members on board the plane, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported with reference to the spokesperson of Yeti Airlines.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the plane was flying from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara and called on security officials and the public to help with rescue efforts.

Pokhara, located 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular hiking trail in the Himalayas.

Images and videos shared on Twitter show plumes of smoke rising from the crash site as rescue workers and crowds of people gather around the wreckage. The Nepalese military was also involved in rescue operations at the wreck site.

It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash.

Nepal has a volatile flight safety record.

Last year, 22 people died when a the plane crashed on the mountainside in Nepal. In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on approach to Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board.

Saaliq reported from New Delhi.

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