Rescuers carry the body of a victim who died in a plane crash.
Rescuers carry the body of a victim who died in the plane crash.

Moments after an aircraft crashed in Nepal Sunday morning, killing at least 68 of the 72 passengers aboard, gut-wrenching footage showed the plane engulfed in flames, and black smoke billowing above the wreckage.

Clips of the horrifying aftermath posted online showed the wreckage still ablaze as rescue workers recovered bodies from a gorge the plane crashed into while landing at a newly opened airport in the resort town of Pokhara.

The chilling images showed scores of rescue workers, Nepali soldiers and onlookers gathered at the site of the crash — the Himalayan country’s deadliest airplane accident in three decades.

Other harrowing clips posted on Twitter showed a plane flying at a dangerously low altitude over a residential area turning sharply left before a loud explosion.

Flight operator Yeti Airlines confirmed there were 72 people aboard – 68 passengers and four crew. Among the passengers were 15 foreign nationals, including one Australian, one French, one Argentinian, four Russians, five Indians, two South Koreans and one person from Ireland. Two infants were also on board, the Kathmandu Post reported.

A general view of people gathered after the plane crash.
At least 68 of the 72 passengers aboard the plane were killed in the crash.


The wreckage of a crashed plan.
Thick smoke and flames that engulfed the plane.
Rescue teams work at the crash site.
Rescue teams work at the crash site.
The wreckage at the crash site.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.


Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the plane was flying from the capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara in central Nepal when it crashed. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

Dahal, who rushed to the airport after the crash, has set up a panel to investigate the grim accident’s cause.

“The incident was tragic. The full force of the Nepali army, police has been deployed for rescue,” he said.


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