Last Updated: January 15, 2023, 17:27 IST
A Nepalese passenger aircraft with 72 individuals on board, together with 5 Indians, crashed right into a river gorge whereas touchdown on the newly-opened airport in central Nepal’s resort metropolis of Pokhara on Sunday, killing a minimum of 68 individuals.
Yeti Airlines’ 9N-ANC ATR-72 plane took off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 am, in keeping with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). While touchdown on the Pokhara airport, the plane crashed on the financial institution of the Seti River between the outdated airport and the brand new airport.
There had been a complete of 68 passengers together with 10 foreigners and 4 crew members, Republica newspaper reported. Five Indians had been among the many whole 15 international nationals onboard the aircraft, the paper reported. Other international nationals included – 4 Russians, two Koreans, and an Australian, an Irish, an Argentinian and a French.
Here are 5 information concerning the lethal incident:
Weather Not an issue, Plane Crashed Due to Technical causes
It was a transparent day in Pokhara right this moment and the civil aviation authority of Nepal dominated out antagonistic climate circumstances for the crash.
Gyanendra Bhul, info officer on the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal mentioned climate was not an issue, preliminary info has been obtained that the aircraft crashed as a result of technical causes.
“Weather was not a problem, preliminary information has been received that the plane crashed due to technical reasons. Information has been received that flames were seen in the plane while it was still air-borne,” mentioned Gyanendra Bhul, info officer on the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
Plane Crashed ‘10 to 20 Seconds Before Landing’, No Distress Call
The flight crashed 10 to 20 seconds earlier than touchdown and there was no misery name from the cockpit earlier than the catastrophe, airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula mentioned, as per Bloomberg.
“The plane would have reached the runway in 10 seconds. However, it met with an accident mid-way,” the airport’s air site visitors controller informed MyRepublica newspaper.
Built with China’s Support, Pokhara Airport Was Inaugurated 14 Days Ago
The Pokhara International Airport was inaugurated two weeks in the past by Nepal’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and constructed with Chinese help. Built within the backdrop of the pristine Annapurna Mountain Range, the airport was formally inaugurated on January 1, 2023.
The flagship challenge was a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation. The Nepal authorities signed a USD 215.96 million comfortable mortgage settlement with China in March 2016 for the development of the airport on this vacationer hub, in keeping with Kathmandu Post newspaper.
Yeti Airlines Flight 9N-ANC ATR-72 Was on Its Third Sortie Today
The Yeti Airlines flight 9N-ANC ATR-72 was on its third sortie since Sunday morning. It first flew from Kathmandu to Pokhara and again to Kathmandu earlier within the day, Hindustan Times reported.
Plane That Crashed Was 15 Years Old
The Yeti Airlines’ aircraft concerned within the crash was a twin-engine ATR 72 plane and was 15 years outdated geared up with an outdated transponder with unreliable knowledge, as per a number of reviews. Manufactured by a three way partnership of Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo, the ATR 72 is a extensively used twin-engine turboprop aircraft. There are six such planes in Yeti Airlines’ fleet.
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