A plane crash near an airport in central Nepal claimed at least 68 lives early this morning.

The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

Officials said at least 68 people are confirmed to have died.

Unconfirmed reports said several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital.

The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

Officials say the search operation has been suspended for the day.