Nepal: 5 facts about ill-fated Yeti Airlines plane that crashed just 10 seconds before landing in Pokhara

Yeti Airlines plane with 72 on board crashed in Nepal.
Image source: India TV Yeti Airlines plane with 72 on board crashed in Nepal.

Nepal plane crash: At least 36 people were killed when a Nepalese passenger plane of Yeti-Airlines with 72 people on board, including four crew members, crashed while landing at Pokhara International Airport on Sunday. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft of Yeti Airlines took off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 10:33 am. Pokhara is a major tourist destination of the Himalayan nation. While landing at Pokhara airport, the plane crashed on the banks of Seti river between the old airport and the new airport.

  1. Yeti Airlines plane crashed just 10 seconds from landing at Pokhara International Airport.
  2. The plane tilted mid-air before landing at Pokhara airport, as can be seen in a viral video. The ATR-72 is a twin engine aircraft that is generally considered safe.
  3. The Yeti Airlines plane that crashed today was on its third flight since Sunday morning. It operated flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu earlier in the day. The plane crashed when it was returning to Pokhara.
  4. Of the total 15 foreign nationals on board the plane, five were Indians. Other foreign nationals include – 53 Nepalese, four Russians, two Koreans, one Australian, one Irish, one Argentinian and one French.
  5. The aircraft was flown by Captain Kamal KC and Assistant Captain Anju Khatiwada.

Airport officials said they were still searching for survivors. Tek Bahadur KC, Chief District Officer of Kaski district, confirmed that bodies of 30 passengers have been recovered so far.

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