Medical officials there started the dreadful process of delivering bodies to mourning families, following Tuesday’s crash of an aircraft carrying 72 passengers, the greatest aviation accident to hit Nepal in three decades.
On Sunday, a Yeti Airlines plane carrying 68 passengers and four crew members crashed onto a cliff, broke apart, and caught fire as it approached Pokhara, Nepal’s capital.
Six children and 15 foreigners were among the people on board, and it is suspected that they all died.
Rescue workers have been working nearly nonstop to remove human remains from the gorge, which is littered with twisted airplane seats and pieces of fuselage and wing.
Police spokesman AK Chhetri told AFP that by early Tuesday, 70 bodies had been discovered. The previous day, a top official stated that there was “no chance” of discovering any survivors.
“We retrieved one body last night. But it was three pieces. We are not sure whether it’s three bodies or one body. It will be confirmed only after a DNA test,” Chhetri said.
He stated that the search for the two remaining remains had been extended to a two to three-kilometre (one to two-mile) area and that drones were being deployed.
(With inputs from agencies)
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