Nepal passenger Aircraft crashes just before landing, scores killed


Jan 16, 2023

A big tragedy stuck Nepal after a passenger Aircraft crashed on Sunday Morning.

A Yeti Airlines passenger plane crashed just before landing at the newly built Pokhara International Airport in Nepal.

The ill-fated Aircraft had 68 passengers including 5 Indians, and 4 crew members onboard. According to details, so far more than 60 passengers were killed in the mishap.

Following the crash, the Nepali Government held an emergency meeting of the cabinet and discussed about the sad incident taken place.

The five Indians were identified as Abhisekh Kushwaha, 25, Bishal Sharma, 22, Anil Kumar Rajbhar, 27, Sonu Jaiswal, 35, and Sanjaya Jaiswal, a Yeti Airlines official said.

Among the five Indian nationals, four had just arrived in Kathmandu from India on Friday.

“All the four were planning to enjoy paragliding in the lake city and tourist hub Pokhara,” recalled Ajay Kumar Shah, a resident of Sarlahi district in southern Nepal.

“We came together from India in the same vehicle, he said.

“They stayed in Gaushala near Pashupatinath Temple and then in Hotel Discovery of Thamel, before departing to Pokhara,” he said.

They were planning to return to India from Pokhara via Gorakhpur, he added.

Sonu, the eldest among the Indian nationals, was a resident of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed grief over the air crash and said “our thoughts are with the affected families”.

“Deeply grieved on hearing about the air crash in Pokhara, Nepal. Our thoughts are with the affected families,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia condoled the loss of lives in the plane crash in Nepal and termed it “extremely unfortunate”.



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