View of the Himalaya Mountain Range in Pokhara
View of the Himalaya Mountain Range in Pokhara © Vyacheslav Argenberg

It has been reported that all 72 onboard died after a terrifying plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal. The plane was carrying 72 people on board, 68 of them being passengers and four members of the crew. This is Nepal’s deadliest aviation incident since 1992 when a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A300 crashed into a hillside upon approach to Kathmandu, killing all 167 people on board.

Pokhara plane crash site
High mountains make the area very dangerous for flights © Business Today

The plane that crashed on Sunday was flying from Kathmandu to the popular touristic destination of Pokhara. The aircraft was an ATR 72 and was operated by Nepalese operator Yeti Airlines. It is not yet known what caused the crash, but it is reported that the plane crashed on final approach and it soon caught on fire.

Rescuers have immediately been dispatched to the area to aid the victims and identify bodies. So far it has been reported that 68 bodies were found. On the plane, there were 15 foreigners: five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, and one Irish, Australian, Argentinian and French. Plenty of residents of the area have also rushed to the crash site to help surviving victims. Reports on social media websites say that the plane was seen flying low before starting to spin out of control.

The flight crashed while landing at Pokhara Airport which started operating two weeks ago. The surrounding area is popular with tourists since it provides a good place to start hiking in the Himalayas. Unfortunately, Nepal is known for being a dangerous country to fly in. Due to its mountainous areas and rapidly-changing weather, a lot of incidents are prone to happen. Plenty of runways in Nepal are famous for being dangerous to land at. Two of them have been listed in our top of most dangerous airports in the world.

We will keep you updated on this event. Let us know in the comments down below if you have any information regarding the incident!