The rescue and search operation in the Nepal plane crash that killed 68 people on Sunday has been halted and will resume on Monday to find the remaining bodies trapped in a deep river gorge surrounded by steep cliffs.
At least 68 people were killed when Yeti Airlines’ 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft with 72 people onboard, 68 passengers and four crew members, including five Indians, crashed on the bank of the Seti River in central Nepal’s resort city of Pokhara.
The plane fell into the Seti River gorge. The 300-metre-deep gorge is considered dangerous for venturing because of the steep cliffs on its both sides. The river that flows deep down the gorge is not easily visible from above.
At least 32 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage site. According to officials, the rescue and search operation has been halted for Sunday and will resume on Monday.
Identification of the bodies of those who died in the crash will start only after all the bodies have been collected, My Republica website reported.
All flights scheduled for Monday have been cancelled.
According to the airlines, only emergency and rescue flights will operate on Monday.
“In mourning for the passengers who lost their lives in the accident of Yeti Airlines 9N-ANC ATR-72 500, we would like to inform you that all regular flights of Yeti Airlines for 16th January 2023 have been cancelled. However, emergency and rescue flights will resume,” Yeti Airlines tweeted.
Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, has a history of air crashes. According to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety, there have been 42 fatal plane crashes in Nepal since 1946.
Sunday’s crash is Nepal’s deadliest since 1992, when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it crashed into a hill as it tried to land in Kathmandu.
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