Nepal aviation authorities say at least 25 dead after plane crash

Aviation authorities in Nepal said at least 25 people have been confirmed dead after a passenger plane crashed near a popular tourist spot at the foot of the Himalayas.

The authorities said the plane carrying 72 passengers and crew members went down on Sunday morning, local time, on its way from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara in central Nepal.

The officials said foreigners were among the passengers on the flight, which was operated by domestic carrier Yeti Airlines.

The aircraft is believed to have crashed in a valley about 3 kilometers from Pokhara airport.

Footage from the site shows firefighters working amid the wreckage of the aircraft with billowing plumes of black smoke.

The mountainous country has a long history of air accidents.

The latest crash occurred as tourists and climbers started to return after the coronavirus pandemic dealt a severe blow to Nepal's tourism industry.