Kathmandu, Nepal: At least 68 people were killed Sunday when an aircraft went down near Pokhara in central Nepal. A government official said that the country’s deadliest plane crashed in more than 30 years. Seventy-two people, four crew members, and 68 passengers were on board the ATR 72 plane worked by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines when it crashed, Yeti Airlines spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula said. Nepal’s civil flight authority conveyed that thirty-seven were men, 25 were women, three were children, and three were infants.
Investigation measures were called off after dark, Army spokesman Krishna Prasad Bhandari said, and will resume Monday morning. Hundreds of first responders had been working to discover the four remaining individuals before then, Bhandari said.
According to data from the Aviation Safety Network, Sunday’s incident was the third-deadliest crash in the Himalayan nation’s history. The only happenings in which more people were killed emerged in July and September 1992. Those impacts involved aircraft run by Thai Airways and Pakistan International Airlines, leaving 113 and 167 people dead, respectively.
A five-member committee has also been formed to explore the reason for the crash. According to Nepal’s deputy prime minister and government agent Bishnu Paudel, The quintet must submit a report to the government within 45 days.
“I sincerely appeal to the security personnel, all agencies of the Nepal government, and the general public to start an effective rescue,” Dahal said on Twitter. A spokesman for the prime minister said that the government declared Monday a public holiday to mourn the targets.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin conveyed their condolences, as did Australia’s ambassador to Nepal.
Nepal’s Yeti Airlines said it canceled all routine flights on Monday, January 16, in mourning for the crash victims. The French Civil Aviation Safety agency will aid in an investigation of the crash, it said Monday, adding that four French researchers will be on site by Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Russian Investigative Committee has opened an illegal case to show the circumstances of the crash, the agency said in a statement Monday.
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