A disturbing video emerged from inside a passenger plane that crashed overseas, killing at least 68 of the 72 people on board.
The Yeti Airlines flight crashed on Sunday near the city of Pokhara in central Nepal.
TMZ said the crash occurred after the plane had only been in the air for approximately 27 minutes.
The report identified a video that was being recorded by a passenger moments before the flight took a turn for the worse.
The video allegedly shows the moment that something went wrong on the flight, leading to panic throughout the aircraft.
The plane then crashed into the ground and immediately erupted into flames. The video, which was being live-streamed to Facebook, continued recording for a short period of time.
WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO:
DISTURBING | A purported video clip shows one of the five Indian passengers onboard the #YetiAirlines aircraft filming his last moments before it crashed into the gorge of Seti river in #Nepal. Reportedly, 68 people lost their lives in the incident.
— The New Indian (@TheNewIndian_in) January 15, 2023
“By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded,” a resident told BBC News. “There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time. The pilot tried his best to not hit civilization or any home. There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space,” she added.
The ATR 72-500 aircraft carried 72 people, including four crew members, 53 Nepalese, five Indians, four Russias, two South Koreans, one French passenger, one person from Ireland, one Argentinian, and an Australian.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a press release that two helicopters were immediately dispatched upon receiving information of a crash for search and rescue. Included in search and rescue teams were the Nepal Army, police, and the Himalayan Rescue Association. At the time of the press release, 68 bodies had been found. One witness reportedly heard cries for help from the wreckage, according to the Associated Press.
“The flames were so hot that we couldn’t go near the wreckage. I heard a man crying for help, but because of the flames and smoke we couldn’t help him,” the witness said.
Ben Whitehead contributed to this report.