Plane Crash Leaves at Least 68 Dead in Nepal: Officials

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A plane crash killed at least 68 people after it went down while trying to land in the city of Pokhara on Sunday, officials said.

In a news release, Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said the aircraft last made contact with the airport from near Seti Gorge at 10:50 a.m. before crashing. The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, was flying from the capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara, a 27-minute flight.

It was carrying 68 passengers including 15 foreign nationals, as well as four crew members, Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. The foreigners included five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, and one each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina, and France.

Data from flight tracking website Flightradar24 shows the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting its position at around 05:05 UTC (12 a.m. ET) on Sunday and sent its last signal minutes later at 05:12 UTC. The plane departed at 04:47 UTC, it said.

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