Death toll from Nepal plane crash rises to 67: Police

Death toll from Nepal plane crash rises to 67: Police

At least 67 people are confirmed dead after a plane carrying 72 people crashed in Nepal on Sunday, police said.

"Thirty-one (bodies) have been taken to hospitals," police official AK Chhetri told AFP, adding that 36 other bodies were found in the gorge where the aircraft crashed.

The flight from Kathmandu crashed between Pokhara's domestic and international airports on Sunday shortly before 11:00 am (0515 GMT).

Pokhara's international airport, which opened on 1 January is meant to gradually replace the old one, established in 1958. The city in central Nepal is a gateway to religious pilgrims and international trekkers.

After the crash, rescue workers were hosing down parts of the wreckage of the ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop while smoke drifted out of a ravine as hundreds of people watched.

The area was strewn with what appeared to be parts of the aircraft, including seats.

Footage shared on social media, which appeared to be shot just after the crash, showed raging flames on the ground and black smoke billowing into the sky from debris strewn across the crash site.

AFP was unable to immediately verify the footage.

Another unverified clip shared online showed a plane flying at a low altitude over a residential area banking sharply to the left, followed by a loud explosion.

The disaster was the latest to blight the Himalayan nation's poor aviation safety record.