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Plane crashes in Nepal, killing at least 16

At least 16 people were killed on Sunday after an aircraft crashed in Pokhara, in western Nepal, an army spokesman said, as rescuers searched the crash site.

“We hope to recover more bodies. The plane broke into pieces,” Krishna Bhandari told Reuters.

There were 72 people on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, including two children, four crew members and 10 foreigners, airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula said.

“We don’t know their nationalities. We are trying to look into that,” she added.

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

Air crashes are not uncommon in Nepal, home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Everest. The weather can change suddenly and create dangerous conditions.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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