Up until now, a minimum of 69 individuals have been officially reported as deceased in the city of Pokhara, Nepal, on Sunday, following a tragic incident where a plane transporting 72 passengers crashed.
As the search for survivors persisted on Monday, wreckage from the airplane, comprising the mangled remnants of passenger seats and the fuselage painted in white, was scattered throughout the site of the crash.
This is the information we currently have.
The Yeti Airlines’ ATR 72 plane was flying from the capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara on a scheduled 27-minute flight.
It collided moments prior to touchdown at Pokhara International Airport, which was officially opened a mere fortnight ago.
Pokhara, situated around 200km (125 miles) towards the western side of Kathmandu, is a vibrant destination for tourists and serves as the gateway to the stunning Annapurna mountain range.
The aircraft descended into a ravine from the recently constructed airport, approximately 1.6km (equivalent to a mile) away. This event was recorded in a compelling video taken from the ground using a mobile phone, which documented the final seconds.
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Who was present?
The airplane was transporting 72 individuals, comprising of four crew members.
France and Australia from each person one and Koreans South two, Russians four, Indians five, Nepalis 57 included board on people The.
Local authorities anticipate no survivors, however, the destiny of three individuals remains uncertain, as 69 individuals have been confirmed deceased.
What caused the crash?
The cause of the accident is still uncertain at this point.
It occurred during gentle and calm weather.
Rescuers and searchers have recovered both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the aircraft.
According to officials, both devices were in excellent condition and will be sent for analysis as advised by the manufacturer.
The information on the recorders is likely to assist investigators in determining the reason for the accident.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, former aviator Terry Tozer stated that the airplane might have “lost power.”
He stated, “Theoretically, that occurrence should never occur. If there was an unexpected engine malfunction following takeoff, they ought to have been capable of proceeding with the remaining engine.” “That’s an aerodynamic stall, which happens when the speed is insufficient and one of the wings ceases to generate lift.”
Throughout the years, the airplane design has been engaged in numerous fatal incidents. Introduced in the later part of the 1980s through a collaboration between France and Italy, the specific aircraft model, known as the ATR 72, has been utilized by airlines globally for brief domestic flights.
The aircrafts were temporarily prohibited from flying as a result of two incidents that occurred in Taiwan in 2014 and 2015, both involving ATR 72-500 and ATR 72-600 planes.
Following the crash, Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal convened an urgent cabinet meeting.
“Dahal declared that the occurrence was catastrophic. The complete force of the Nepali military and law enforcement has been mobilized for the rescue mission.”
The government has also established an inquiry committee and declared a national day of mourning on Monday.
Meanwhile, the South Korean foreign ministry said it was still trying to confirm the fate of the two South Korean passengers that were sent to the scene.
The Australian government told reporters that Jim Chalmers, the Australian Treasurer, was providing consular support to the family aboard the plane.
In Kathmandu, the collision is Nepal’s most fatal incident since 1992, when all 167 individuals on board a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft perished as it collided with a hill while attempting to land.