Nepal plane crash happened 10 seconds before landing

Nepal plane crash Live Updates:
At least 40 people were dead after a Yeti Airlines ATR 72 aircraft carrying 72 on board – including five Indians – crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara at around 11 am on Sunday. Reports said the aircraft, with 68 passengers and four crew on board, crashed a few kilometres from its destination about 20 minutes after it took off from Kathmandu for Pokhara. Rescue operations were on as visuals on social media showed smoke billowing from the crash site.

According to a Yeti Airlines official, the five Indians have been identified as Abhisekh Kushwaha, Bishal Sharma, Anil Kumar Rajbhar, Sonu Jaiswal and Sanjaya Jaiswal, PTI reported. The condition of the Indian passengers is unknown. Meanwhile, The Nepal government has appointed a five-member commission of inquiry to probe the incident. It has also declared a one-day national mourning on Monday in wake of the aircraft crash, ANI reported.

A Nepal Army spokesperson said that they expect to recover more bodies, and the plane had broken into pieces. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) stated that the aircraft took off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 10.33 am and crashed on the bank of the Seti River near the airport in Pokhara.

Nepal plane crash: Yeti Airlines plane crashes in Pokhara; five Indians on board, says airport official; rescue operations underway; Follow latest updates

There were 72 people on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines, including two infants, four crew members and 10 foreign nationals, said airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula.

"We don't know their nationalities. We are trying to ascertain it," Bartaula was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.

In May last year, a Twin Otter aircraft crashed in Nepal. The aircraft took off from Pokhara and crashed about 19 minutes later — six minutes from arrival at Jomsom, the airport nearest to their destination, the Muktinath temple. Four Indians were onboard the aircraft.

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