Foreign nationals among passengers killed in Nepal plane crash

By Lisa James
15/01/2023
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The UK Foreign Office has updated its advice after at least 68 people, including foreign nationals, died in a plane crash in Nepal.

The Yeti Airlines aircraft, carrying 72 people on a short flight from Katmandu to Pokhara International Airport, crashed just before reaching its destination on Sunday morning.

The plane crashed on the banks of the Seti Gandaki river shortly before it was about to land at Pokhara airport.

Pokhara is a popular gateway to the Himalayan mountains and the airport only opened at the beginning of this year.

Of the passengers and four crew on board, 53 are reported to be Nepalese, five Indians, four Russians, two Koreans and one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France. 

The airline said it has cancelled all flights for Monday and the UK Foreign Office has updated its advice for travellers in Nepal.

The FCDO advice said: On the morning of 15 January 2023, a flight between Kathmandu and Pokhara crashed near to Pokhara airport with 72 people on board.

“It is likely there will be disruption to flights for some time following the incident.

“Travellers are advised to expect delays and possible cancellations.

“You should contact your airline and/or tour operator for up to date information.”

The crash is Nepal’s deadliest air crash since 1992. Nepalese airlines have a poor safety record and are banned from entering European Union airspace.

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