A Yeti passenger plane crashed into a ravine while landing at the newly opened Pokhara airport in Nepal. 72 people, including five Indians, on board are believed to have died.
Nepal's military said on Monday that they had not rescued any survivors from the crash site in the city of Pokhara in the middle of a Sunday holiday.
Nepal Army spokesman Krishna Prasad Bhandari said, "We have not rescued anyone alive at the scene of the accident. A Yeti passenger plane crashed into a river on its way to the newly opened Pokhara airport in Nepal.
72 people, including five Indians, on board are believed to have died. Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency meeting after he died in a plane crash in Pokhara on Sunday.
The twin-engine ATR 72 Turboprop plane crashed en route from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara. Nepalese authorities have appointed a special committee to investigate the cause of the accident. A report is expected within 45 days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief and prayed for the families of those who lost their lives in the plane crash in Nepal.
“The plane crash in Nepal painted a picture of precious lives lost, including Indians. In this hour of mourning, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also expressed his grief over the incident and offered his condolences to the victims.
"Deeply saddened to hear about the plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal. Our thoughts are with the affected families," he tweeted.
In a statement released earlier on Sunday, Nepal's civil aviation authority said the plane was carrying 68 passengers, including five Indians, four Russians and one Irishman.