On January 15, while making a landing at the Pokhara airport, a Nepalese passenger plane carrying 72 people crashed into a river valley, killing at least 40 people.
Four staff members and at least fifteen international passengers were on board the Yeti Airlines plane. Five Indians were on board the unfortunate plane when it crashed in Pokhara, a Nepalese aviation official confirmed to The Hindu.
The 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines departed Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 10.33 a.m., according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
In New Delhi: On social media, a video clip that was apparently taken with a phone camera and purports to show the Yeti Airline plane just before it crashed in Pokhara, Nepal, has gone viral. There were 72 persons on board, and at least 40 have been reported deceased.
A low-flying jet is shown in the footage wobbling dangerously in midair just before a loud blast can be heard in the distance.
The Yeti Airlines twin-engine ATR 72 plane, which was departing from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, crashed 20 minutes after takeoff, just before it was supposed to land in Pokhara.
According to Yeti Airlines spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula, “10 foreign nationals, including 2 children, were on board.” According to the airport authority, 53 Nepalis, 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 1 Irish, 2 Koreans, 1 Argentinian, and a French national were on board, according to news agency ANI.