Yeti plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal: 72 passengers with crew on board
Kathmandu – It has been found that 72 passengers and crew were on board the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed in Pokhara, Nepal on Sunday morning.
Tribhuvan Airport General Manager Premnath Thakur informed that 68 passengers including 4 crew members were on board the 9N-ANC flight which flew from Kathmandu to Pokhara at 10:30 in the morning. 3/3 of the 68 passengers are infants and children and 62 are adults.
While landing at Pokhara International Airport, the accident happened at the Seti bank between the old airport and the new airport.
Pokhara International Airport has said that the rescue operation is continuing and the extent of the damage in the incident is yet to be ascertained.
The first plane to land at Pokhara International Airport
The Yeti plane that had an accident was the first plane to land at Pokhara’s new international airport.
The crew, including Captain Kamal KC, who is also an instructor pilot, did the first demo flight at Pokhara International Airport from this aircraft on 7th of January. This is the first incident where a 72-passenger ATR aircraft has crashed in Nepal.
The pilot was seen taking the plane towards Seti Khonch to protect the settlement: Eyewitness
In the plane crash in Pokhara, it was seen that the crew made every effort to save the settlement from the accident.
According to the security personnel deployed at the crash site, the plane fell behind the Nepali Army barracks on the east side of the old domestic airport. The plane was flying over densely populated areas while turning to land at the new airport.
According to another witness, the wing of the plane came down. We were with 3 people. When the pilot was looking for a safe place, he fell into the khoch’, he added, ‘It was seen that the pilot made every effort to avoid another accident by taking the plane to Seti Khoch to save the settlement.’
15 foreign nationals including five Indians
According to the list of passengers and crew members, 15 of them are foreign nationals and 3 are children. This plane left Kathmandu for Pokhara with 68 passengers and four crew members.