Plane with 72 on board crashes in Nepal; at least 68 dead

A Yeti Airlines passenger plane carrying 72 people crashed on Sunday morning in Nepal, killing at least 68, officials said. Flight NYT 691 had been travelling from

Kathmandu, the capital, to Pokhara, a city in central Nepal, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said. Sixty-eight passengers and four crew members boarded the plane in

Kathmandu, Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. Fifty-three passengers were Nepali and 15 were international travelers, officials said. The foreign nationals

included five people from India, four from Russia and two from South Korea. The other four were from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France, officials said. The aircraft

departed Kathmandu on time at 10:32 a.m. local time, with an estimated time of arrival at 10:59 a.m., according to Flightradar24, a flight tracker. The average flight time for the

trip was about 24 minutes. The Yeti crew last made contact with Pokhara Tower at 10:50 a.m., as they flew over the Seti River gorge, which is east of the city, aviation

officials said in a statement. A collection of police and rescue agencies were deployed to the crash scene, with first responders and helicopters performing a search and rescue

operation. As the search operation continued into the early evening, the death toll rose to 68 people from an earlier estimate of at least 30, officials said. The

aviation authority posted photos of the flight's manifest, which included three children and three infants. The aircraft was an ATR 72-500, a twin-engine turboprop

airliner. An ATR spokesperson told ABC News the company had been informed of the crash.