A Nepal crash in which 67 people are said to have died has taken place. The accident happened on the Yeti Airlines flight to Pokhara. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the nation of Nepal in the wake of the tragedy.
Yeti Airlines flight crashed in Pokhara
Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority announced that the Yeti Airlines Flight 691 has crashed at the Pokhara International Airport in the central part of the country. The plane had 68 passengers and four crew members.
On board were at least five Indians. These included Sonu Jaiswal, Sanjaya Jaiswal, Abhisekh Kushwaha and Bishal Sharma.
Five other foreign nationals were on the plane. Two Koreans and an Australian were also aboard. Among the other foreigners on the plane were four Russians.
The airline is one of the largest in Nepal and operates six ATR-72-500 planes. Its website says the ATR is a “twin-engine turboprop aircraft” that is commonly used.
The aircraft was on a third flight when it crashed. At the time, it was banking sharply in mid-air.
Rescue agencies were on the scene shortly after the crash, but could not reach the site. According to the Nepali police, the terrain at the crash site was difficult, making it difficult for the fire engines to reach the site.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has appealed for effective rescue efforts. He has called on the Nepal Army to assist in the search.
In the meantime, a five-member inquiry commission has been formed to investigate the causes of the plane crash. The government has urged local authorities to perform technical checks on all domestic flights.
According to reports, the ATR-72 aircraft was fifteen years old and had a transponder that had old data. Other details about the crash are not available.
The Nepali government has declared a day of national mourning tomorrow. Several of the victims are believed to be infants.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has banned all of Nepal’s air carriers from operating in the European Union.
68 people on board
The latest crash to hit Nepal killed at least 68 people on Sunday. A passenger aircraft carrying passengers from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal, crashed into a gorge on the bank of the Seti River. This is the third major air disaster in the country in the last 30 years.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal announced that at least 68 people died. Rescue efforts are continuing, although the number of bodies recovered has fallen. In a statement, the authority said that it has not confirmed the cause of the crash.
Among the dead were three infants. Rescuers have tried to pull them out of the wreckage, but the fire has stalled their efforts.
The aircraft was a twin-engine ATR 72, a common type of regional plane. All four crew members were Nepali, while five Indians and four Russians were also on the flight.
At least six children were on the flight. Two Koreans and one each from Argentina, France, Ireland and Australia were also on board.
Four Russians were among the foreigners who survived the crash. Their names have not been released.
According to the Nepali Prime Minister, the plane was flying from the capital to Pokhara. He ordered security personnel to assist in the rescue.
Videos and images showing the black plumes of smoke from the crash site have also spread across social media. Search teams have been sent to the site via helicopter.
The government has established a panel to investigate the accident. It is expected to report within 45 days.
While the official cause of the crash is still being investigated, it is believed that the twin-engine aircraft was not operating properly. An unidentified witness told CNN that the plane seemed to have sunk nose first into the gorge.
67 confirmed dead
Yeti Airlines flight 9N-ANC crashed into a gorge near Pokhara International Airport on Sunday. At least 67 people were confirmed dead, according to local police. The plane’s fuselage is in pieces, and rescue efforts have been made difficult by the raging fire at the wreckage.
The plane took off from the capital, Kathmandu, on a flight to the tourist city of Pokhara. Five Indians and two Koreans were on board. Two infants were also on the flight.
But before landing, the aircraft crashed into a gorge between the old airport in the region and the Pokhra International Airport. A large crowd gathered at the crash site to look for survivors. Some of the bodies were burned beyond recognition. Others were carried to hospitals by firefighters.
A statement issued by the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority said that the plane had been flying at a low altitude over a residential area before it crashed. However, there were no distress calls from the cockpit before the crash.
The plane, a twin-engine ATR-72, crashed at the Pokhara airport about 15 minutes after takeoff. The airline has yet to say what caused the crash.
The Nepal government has set up a five-member inquiry commission to investigate the cause of the crash. They are expected to report within 45 days.
At least 68 passengers and four crew members were on the plane when it crashed. Two of them were South Koreans. Other nationals onboard included two Argentinians, one Australian, one French, one Irish, and five Indians.
Although the plane crashed into a gorge, the plane’s fuselage was broken into several pieces. Its cockpit was split into many smaller compartments.
The plane had been flying at a very low altitude over a residential area before the crash. The video from the scene showed the plane banking sharply to the left.
ATR 72 involved in several deadly accidents over the years
The ATR 72 is a turboprop aircraft manufactured by the European consortium of Airbus and Leonardo. It has been involved in several deadly accidents over the years.
In the aftermath of the Tuninter Flight 1153 crash, a panel has been formed to investigate the incident. This panel is headed by Fred Wu, CEO of TransAsia Airways Corporation. Other panel members include Greg Waldon, editor of Flightglobal.
The flight, which left Bari, headed southwest across the Mediterranean to Djerba. While flying at 8,000 feet, the aircraft lost altitude. One of the pilots observed a fuel quantity indicator on the cockpit instrument panel. However, the flight did not stop until it hit a field below.
After the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration asked for data on the aircraft’s problems. It issued a bulletin on ATR-42 and ATR-72 aircraft. These aircraft are often used by low-cost carriers in Asia, especially on routes with high fuel costs.
Two years later, another incident happened. On August 6, 2005, an ATR-72 aircraft ran out of fuel over the Mediterranean Sea. Several people died in the crash.
Four years after the Roselawn accident, a similar aircrash occurred in northern Italy. A crew on the ATR-72 noticed a discrepancy in the fuel quantity indicator. When the captain was notified, he performed a checklist.
Two weeks after the Tuninter crash, the plane flew three times. On each of those flights, the pilots noticed that the engine on the right side was not operating properly. Once the engine failed, the pilots ditched the aircraft off the coast of Sicily. They were unable to relight the engines.
Although the NSTB concluded that the crash of the ATR-72 was caused by improper control procedures, it also found a number of similarities to the ATR-42. Specifically, the NSTB noted that the lateral flight control system on the ATR-72 was similar to that of the ATR-42.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expresses condolences to the nation of Nepal
Russian President Vladimir Putin expresses condolences to the nation of Nepal after a plane crash on takeoff near Pokhara. More than 68 people have been confirmed dead, a Nepali government representative said, and many others are still missing.
The telegram, which was posted on the Kremlin’s website, conveyed sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives. It also offered support to the families of those injured in the accident.
While President Vladimir Putin’s telegram did not mention the details of the war in Ukraine, he expressed concern that the use of force against a sovereign state was not acceptable. He spoke to a group of mothers of Russian soldiers killed in the conflict.
Russia, which occupied Ukraine in February, has faced international criticism over the death of Russian soldiers and the invasion’s impact on Ukrainian citizens. In addition, Western governments have imposed economic sanctions on Moscow.
But the West’s plans for sending NATO troops to Eastern Europe appear to be unpopular with small countries like Nepal. And with its location between Russia and China, the country must tread a fine line between protecting its sovereignty and engaging with large powers.
Meanwhile, the US and other leading world powers have sent their condolences to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also asked four union ministers to travel to Ukraine to help with rescue efforts.
Among the victims, at least 65 were from Russia, while two other passengers from South Korea survived in very serious condition. However, the Foreign Ministry in Seoul is still trying to verify the identities of the two Koreans.
Earlier, Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had set up a panel to investigate the crash. Several of the wreckage pieces were scattered down the gorge, and the fuselage was found to be broken into multiple pieces.
A plane carrying 72 people crashed close to an airport in the heart of Nepal, killing dozens of people.
From Kathmandu to the popular tourist destination of Pokhara, the Yeti Airlines airplane crashed upon landing before catching fire.
Social media videos depict an airplane passing closely above a populated area before abruptly banking.
Officials reported that at least 68 deaths have been officially confirmed. Unconfirmed sources said that some seriously injured survivors were transferred to hospitals.
When she saw the plane fall from the sky shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time, local resident Divya Dhakal told the BBC that she immediately made her way to the disaster site (05:15 GMT).
“The crash site was already crowded when I arrived. The plane’s flames were spewing out a lot of smoke. Helicopters quickly followed after that “She spoke.
She said, “The pilot did his utmost to avoid hitting any homes or civilization.” Right next to the Seti River, there was a small area, and that’s where the plane crashed.
With 68 passengers, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members, the airplane took off.
The 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped broadcasting location data at 05:05 GMT, and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24.
The effort at the crash site in the Seti gorge, approximately 1.5 kilometers from the airport, attracted hundreds of Nepalese soldiers.
According to officials, the search operation has been halted for the day.
The plane’s crash site was captured on video with burning debris and dense, billowing black smoke.
The jet “has split into pieces,” an army spokesman told Reuters, adding that “we anticipate to recover additional bodies.”
In order to expedite rescue efforts, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal convened an emergency meeting of his cabinet. The cause of the crash will be looked at by a panel.
53 of the travelers are reportedly from Nepal. On the plane, there were two Koreans, five Russians, and five Indians. In addition, there was one traveler from each of Ireland, Australia, Argentina, and France.
Because of Nepal’s distant runways and potentially dangerous rapid weather changes, aviation accidents are not rare there.
22 passengers were killed when a Tara Air plane crashed in the Mustang area of northern Nepal in May 2022.
A US-Bangla flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, that was bound for Kathmandu in the beginning of 2018 crashed and caught fire as it was landing, killing 51 people.
Amid worries about the country’s aviation industry’s standards for training and maintenance, the European Union has prohibited Nepalese airlines from operating in its airspace.