At least 68 dead after plane crashes in Nepal resort town – video

68 people are confirmed dead after a regional passenger plane with 72 on board crashed into a gorge while landing in Pokhara.

Hopes are fading for survivors in the wreckage of the fatal plane that crashed this morning in Nepal, with 72 people on board, including two infants.

An airport official in Nepal said five Indians, four Russians, an Irishman, two South Koreans, an Australian and an Argentinian national were on board the aircraft.

The aircraft crashed near the Seti River, broke in two and burst into flames, for an as yet unknown cause.

Rescuers struggled to reach the crash site, which is located in a canyon between two hills near the city’s airport.

The following video was also released on social media, which allegedly shows the last seconds of the aircraft’s flight:

Images broadcast by local TV showed thick black smoke rising above the crash site as rescuers and local residents gathered around the wreckage.

Air crashes are not uncommon in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, as the weather can change suddenly and conditions can be dangerous.

Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency cabinet meeting after the plane crash, according to a government statement.