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A passenger plane has crashed near Pokhara International Airport in Nepal, killing at least 16 people on board.

There were 72 people on board the twin-engine ATR 72 plane operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines when it crashed on Sunday, according to airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the plane was flying from the capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara in central Nepal, and urged security personnel and the public to help with the rescue efforts.

Hundreds of rescuers were scouring the accident site on the side of the mountain.

The ATR72 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft manufactured by a joint venture of Airbus and Leonardo in Italy. Yeti Airlines has a fleet of six ATR72-500 planes, according to its website.

The resort town of Pokhara is 200km (125 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu.

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