On Sunday, a 72-passenger Nepalese passenger plane that was making an approach to the Pokhara airport crashed. In the wake of the deadliest plane disaster in Nepal in thirty years, rescuers began looking for four missing persons again on Monday.
In clear weather, an ATR 72 operated by Yeti Airlines crashed in the tourist city of Pokhara just minutes before landing. Of the 72 people on board, 68 bodies have been found by rescuers.
The aircraft was carrying 57 Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, four South Koreans, and one passenger from each Argentina, Ireland, Australia, and France on a scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the entry point to the picturesque Himalayan range.
Ajay K.C., a Pokhara police official, reported that the search and rescue effort, which was suspended on Sunday due to darkness, had been restarted. He told Reuters, “We will remove the five bodies from the gorge and look for the four people who are still missing.” He claimed that a hospital had received the other 63 bodies.
According to Jagannath Niroula, a representative for Nepal’s civil aviation authority, rescuers were also looking for the black boxes, which included a cockpit voice recorder and a flight data recorder, as they hunted for survivors.
On Monday, Nepal proclaimed a day of national mourning and convened a team to study the catastrophe and provide recommendations for how to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
According to the authorities, bodies will be returned to relatives after being identified and examined.
Eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains, including Everest, are found in Nepal, where rapid weather changes can create dangerous conditions, and about 350 people have perished in plane or helicopter crashes there since 2000.