A Yeti Airlines ATR72 aircraft from Kathmandu to Pokhara on Sunday morning crashed near its destination. The plane had 68 passengers on board and four cabin crew led by senior captain Kamal KC.
Six of the passengers are children, 15 foreigners, of which five are Indians, and 53 Nepali nationals, including eight members of a single family.
The 72-seater took off at 10:30AM from Kathmandu before it crashed into the Seti gorge between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport in Ward 15 near Sitaram Bridge. The plane was engulfed in fire immediately after.
An eyewitness video showed the nose-up plane seemingly in a stall, banking in a steep dive before crashing.
According to rescuers, 32 bodies have been recovered so far. But onlookers say it is unlikely anyone survived the crash given the accident site being in a deep narrow gorge. Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police teams had not been able to douse the fire even 2 hours after the crash.
A crowd of spectators at the crash taking photos and videos with mobile phones have made the rescue more difficult and added to traffic in the area.