The Nepalese army said on Monday that it had not rescued anyone alive at the site of the plane crash in the central resort town of Pokhara on Sunday.
“We did not save anyone alive at the crash site,” Nepal army spokesman Krishna Prasad Bhandari said.
A Yeti Airlines passenger plane crashed into a river gorge while landing at the newly opened Pokhara airport in Nepal. 72 people, including five Indians, on board are believed to have died.
Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called an emergency cabinet meeting after Sunday’s plane crash in Pokhara.
An ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop plane crashed en route from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara. The Nepalese authorities have appointed a special commission to investigate the causes of the accident. A report is expected in 45 days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief and prayed for the bereaved families of the plane crash in Nepal.
“Painted by the tragic plane crash in Nepal in which precious lives were lost, including Indian nationals. In this hour of mourning, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also expressed his grief over the incident and offered his condolences to the victims. “Deeply saddened to hear about the plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal. Our thoughts are with the affected families,” he tweeted.
In a statement released earlier on Sunday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said the flight was carrying 68 passengers, including five Indians, four Russians and one Irishman.