Plane flips moments before deadly crash in Pokhara, Nepal

Foreign nationals are among at least 40 people have died after an aircraft crashed in central Nepal on Sunday morning while flying a route popular with tourists trekking in the Himalayas.

A video shared on social media showed the Yeti Airlines plane, which was flying from Kathmandu to the city of Pokhara and had 72 people on board, spinning sharply at a low altitude.

Further images then showed burning debris and smoke rising from the crash site on a hillside in the gorge of the Seti River, several miles from Pokhara International Airport, which had only just opened.

An army spokesman said they “expect to recover more bodies” as rescue operations continue and Nepal’s Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, urged the general public to help with relief efforts. 

Out of the 68 passengers and four crew on board, 53 are said to be Nepalese with a further 15 foreign nationals, including five Indians, four Russians, two Koreans and one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France. It is not yet known if there are British victims.

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