68 People Killed as ATR Plane Crashes in Nepal; 15 Foreigners Among the Dead

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UPDATE: Nepal authorities have confirmed at least 68 people have died in the plane crash in Pokhara on Sunday. "The bodies of 64 victims have been taken to the Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences in the city," Kaski Police Chief Superintendent Ajay K.C. told the Kathmandu Post.

Original Story: The plane had taken off from Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 am local time on Sunday, Nepal's Himalayan Times said. Along with 68 passengers, the fight had four crew including two pilots two air hosteses aboard.

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At least 32 bodies have been recovered from the crash site, the newspaper said, citing local authorities. It said the plane had crashed into the Seti River gorge.

More Casualties Expected

More casualties are expected even as the rescue operation is still going on. "We expect to recover more bodies ... The plane has broken into pieces," a local official told Reuters.

The nationalities of the victims have not been ascertained yet. Nepal is a widely chosen tourist destination for western travelers at this time of the year. "We don't know their nationalities... We are trying to ascertain it," the official said,

This article was first published on January 15, 2023