At least 68 people were killed when a plane crashed near the central Nepalese city of Pokhara on Sunday, a government official said, in the country’s deadliest plane crash in more than 30 years.
Africhome gathered that Seventy-two people — four crew members and 68 passengers — were on board the ATR 72 plane operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines when it crashed, Yeti Airlines spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula said. Thirty-seven were men, 25 were women, three were children and three were infants, Nepal’s civil aviation authority reported.
Army spokesman Krishna Prasad Bhandari said the search was called off after dark and would resume on Monday morning. Hundreds of first responders were still working to find the other four before then, Bhandari said.
Sunday’s incident was the third deadliest accident in the Himalayan nation’s history, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
The only incidents with more deaths occurred in July and September 1992. Those accidents involved Thai Airways and Pakistan International aircraft, killing 113 and 167 people respectively.