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At Least 68 Killed In Nepal's Worst Air Crash In 30 Years





PARIS, France - At least 68 people were killed on Sunday when a domestic flight crashed in Pokhara in Nepal, the country's Civil Aviation Authority said, in the worst air crash in three decades in the small Himalayan nation.


Hundreds of rescue workers were scouring the hillside where the Yeti Airlines flight, carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu, went down.


Local TV showed rescue workers scrambling around broken sections of the aircraft. Some of the ground near the crash site was scorched, with licks of flames visible.


The crash is Nepal's deadliest since 1992, the Aviation Safety Network database showed, when a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A300 crashed into a hillside upon approach to Kathmandu, killing all 167 people on board.


The plane made contact with the airport from Seti George at 10:50 A.M. (0505 GMT), the aviation authority said in its statement. ''Then it crashed''.


Police official Ajay K.C. said rescue workers were having difficulty reaching the site in a gorge between two hills near the tourist town's airport.


''Half of the plane is on the hillside'', said Arun Tamu, a local resident, who told Reuters he reached the site minutes after the plane went down. ''The other half has fallen into the gorge of the Seti river''.

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