There were no survivors from among the 72 people on board the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed in Pokhara, Nepal on Sunday (15th), a Yeti Airlines spokesman said.
“No survivors in this crash. There are 72 people dead including crew members,” airline spokesman Pemba Sherpa told United News of India.
Rescuers have so far recovered 68 bodies from the wreckage of the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed while en route from Kathmandu to Pokhara with 72 people on board.
The plane was piloted by a senior captain. The first officer was also highly experienced and was due to be promoted to captain after the doomed flight, the spokesman said.
The plane crashed between the city’s old airport and its newer international airport. Hundreds of Nepali Army soldiers joined rescue efforts with airport officials and firefighters.
The 72 on board included 4 crew and 68 passengers. The passengers were 37 men, 25 women, three children and three infants. They included 15 foreigners – 5 Indians, 4 Russians, two South Koreans, and one each from Australia, Argentina, France and Ireland.
The aircraft was coming in to land at the new Pokhara International Airport, which was inaugurated just 14 days ago on January 1, 2023. The aircraft was an ATR-72 that was 15 years old. It was on a short half-hour flight from the capital to Pokhara, 130 km away.