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The plane was en route from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara when it crashed with 72 people on board.

At least 16 people were killed in the crash of a plane with 72 people on board in Nepal.

The plane was en route from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara on Sunday when it crashed. Pokhara is a bustling tourist city about 200 km (124 mi) west of Kathmandu.

There were 72 people on board Nepal’s Yeti Airlines’ twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft, including two infants, four crew members and 10 foreign nationals, airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula said.

“We expect to recover more bodies,” army spokesman Krishna Bhandari told Reuters news agency.

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Local television showed thick black smoke billowing from the crash site as rescuers and crowds gathered around the wreckage of the plane.

“Responders have already arrived there and are trying to put out the fire. All agencies are now focused on extinguishing the fire and rescuing the passengers,” said local official Gurudutta Dhakal.

Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called a cabinet meeting after the plane crash, a government statement said.

In May, a Tara Air plane crashed less than 20 minutes after taking off from Pokhara on its way to Jomsom – a popular trekking and pilgrimage destination in the Mustang district, bordering Tibet.

In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board.

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