70 Killed in Nepal Plane Crash with 15 Foreigners - Pope Francis Sends Condolences and Prayers for the Victims

Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolences and offered his prayers for the 70 people killed when a Yeti Airlines plane crashed in Nepal's tourist town of Pokhara. (72 were reported on board - 70 bodies found) They were killed on Sunday, January 15th in a plane crash in the South Asian nation of Nepal. The Yeti Airlines ATR72 aircraft from Kathmandu crashed as it approached the new airport near the tourist town of Pokhara. This is the nation's deadliest plane accident in three decades.

According to a Yeti Airlines spokesperson, there were four crew members aboard, and several foreign nationals among the passengers. The foreigners included five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, and one each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France.  Pope Francis expressed condolences in a telegram signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin that was sent on January 16th to the President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari:
Bidya devi Bhandari
President of Nepal 
Saddened by the crash of the Yeti airlines aircraft near Pokhara, his Holiness Pope Francis sends his condolences to you and to all affected by this tragedy, together with his prayers for those involved in the recovery efforts. Commending the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the almighty, his Holiness invokes upon those who mourn their loss the divine blessings of healing and peace.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin 
Secretary of State