A plane carrying 72 people crashed while landing Sunday at a new airport in the resort town of Pokhara, Nepal, killing dozens of people, officials said.
Rescuers are searching a gorge where the plane crashed near the Seti River, nearly a mile away from the Pokhara International Airport, said district administrative officer Tek Bahadur K. C., The Associated Press reported. At least 32 people are confirmed dead and rescuers expect to find more bodies.
Sixty-eight passengers, including 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members were aboard the plane, which was operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, according to Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the plane flew from the capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara. He asked security personnel and the public to assist in rescue efforts.