Nepal plane crash: Four passengers on board the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday went live on Facebook to share their experiences on the flight minutes before the plane went down. All the four passengers were residents of Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.
In the 1.3-minute live video on Facebook, one of them can be seen enthusiastically shouting “mauj kar di” as the camera focuses on Pokhara city below.
The camera of the phone also pans on one of them, Sonu Jaiswal (29). However, after 58 seconds, the video shows the plane taking a sharp turn to the left and then crashing and bursting into flames. As the phone’s camera kept rolling, he caught glimpses of the flames around him for the next 30 seconds.
These four passengers from Baresar in Ghazipur were among the five Indians who died in the accident along with 68 other passengers.
Sonu Jaiswal (29), Anil Rajbhar (28), Vishal Sharma (23), Abhishek Singh Kushwaha (23) had reached Kathmandu on January 13 and were going to Pokhara for paragliding after offering prayers at the Pashupatinath temple.
On Sunday, there was gloom all over the villages of Baresar and Noonhara area of Ghazipur district.
Sonu Jaiswal was a liquor businessman while Anil Rajbhar and Abhishek Kushwaha used to run public service centers in Zahurabad and Alawalpur of Ghazipur. Vishal Sharma was a finance officer in a two-wheeler agency.
It was Sonu’s FB profile where the video was live, confirmed by his cousin Rajat Jaiswal.
“Sonu was live on Facebook after taking off for Pokhara. The live-streaming showed that Sonu and his companions were in a happy mood, but suddenly flames appeared before the streaming stopped,” he said.
He was informed by the Ghazipur District Magistrate’s Office about the death of four people from the district in the Nepal plane crash.
SHO, Badesar, Devendra Pratap Singh said that he confirmed the identity of the four and then went to Anil Rajbhar’s house and met his father Ramdharas.
“The Ramdharas told us that all four – Anil, Abhishek, Vishal and Sonu – had left for Nepal on January 13 and had planned to stay for a week,” Singh said.
Circle Officer, Kasimabad, Balram Singh said that he along with the SDM visited the houses of the four youths and assured all possible cooperation to their families in bringing back their bodies.
Abhishek’s elder brother Abhinay said, “In the last three hours, we have received calls from the Nepali and Indian embassies. We have been informed that the bodies will reach Delhi on Monday morning.”