Sunday, January 15, 2023

Fire, River, Bushes: Local On What Hampered Nepal Plane Crash Rescue Op

Kathmandu: The treacherous terrain on the banks of the Seti River hampered the initial rescue efforts by local villagers who rushed to save the 72 passengers on the crashed Nepalese passenger plane, a witness said on Sunday.

At least 68 people were killed when a Yeti Airlines passenger plane with 72 people onboard, including five Indians, crashed into a river gorge while landing at the newly-opened airport in central Nepal's resort city of Pokhara on Sunday, officials said.

Arun Tamu, a local, whose house was situated near the site of the plane crash, recounts the chain of events following the latest aviation disaster that hit Nepal.

“We heard a loud sound, and when we rushed to the scene (of the crash), we were the only people from the village. It took some time for the police to arrive at the scene, even as we began our rescue efforts,” Tamu was quoted as saying by MyRepublica newspaper.

Tamu said he and the rest of the villagers initially tried to douse the fire from the wreckage by bringing buckets of water.

“We also took out 10-12 people, two of them seemed to be short of breath,” the report quoted him as saying.

The rescue efforts were hampered because the airplane had crashed on treacherous terrain on the banks of Seti River, making it difficult for the villagers to go near the site of the crash, Tamu recounted.

15/01/23 PTI/NDTV

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