Nepalis are commemorating the victims of the nation’s worst aviation catastrophe in around three decades by spending a day of grief.
On Sunday morning, an aircraft from Kathmandu to the tourist destination of Pokhara crashed and caught fire, killing at least 68 passengers.
The Yeti Airlines aircraft was seen on camera rolling suddenly as it neared the airport.
The crash’s exact reason is unknown, but Nepal has a dismal history of deadly aviation mishaps.
Due to nighttime darkness, a search and rescue operation involving hundreds of Nepalese troops was put on hold. It is scheduled to continue on Monday morning.
Rescuers were earlier seen scurrying around burned airplane parts in earlier local TV reports. The plane had crashed little over a kilometer from the airport, into the Seti River canyon.
While the majority of the 72 passengers and crew perished, there were unsubstantiated allegations that a few of individuals survived despite suffering grave injuries.
The government of Nepal formed a commission to look into the disaster’s cause, and the prime minister of that country designated Monday a national day of mourning.
When she saw the plane fall from the sky just after 11:00 a.m. local time, local resident Divya Dhakal told the BBC that she immediately made her way to the disaster scene (05:15 GMT).
“The accident scene was already packed when I arrived. The plane’s flames were spewing out a lot of smoke. Helicopters quickly followed after that “She said.
She said, “The pilot did his utmost to avoid hitting any homes or civilization.” Right next to the Seti River, there was a tiny area, and that’s where the plane crashed.
Because of Nepal’s distant runways and potentially dangerous rapid weather changes, aviation accidents are relatively rare there.
This Himalayan country contains some of the most treacherous terrain and some of the most breathtaking mountains in the world.