Yeti Airlines flight carrying 72 people crashes in Nepal

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An aircraft carrying 72 people crashed in central Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday, state media in the country has reported.

Four crew members and 68 passengers were on board the ATR-72 plane operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airline, Nepalese media have reported.

“Rescue operations are on,” said Mr Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for Nepal civil aviation authority. “Weather was clear.”

“We expect to recover more bodies,” Army spokesman Krishna Bhandari said. “The plane has broken into pieces.”

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The ATR 72 aircraft was flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu when it crashed in the Pokhara city of Kaski district on Sunday morning.

The plane was 15 years old, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

The ATR72 is a widely used twin engine turboprop plane manufactured by a joint venture of Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo. Yeti Airlines has a fleet of six ATR72-500 planes, according to its website.

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