Pilot didn’t report anything unusual before the plane crashed in Nepal, an official claims
According to a spokeswoman, the pilot of the airplane that crashed in Nepal did not notice “anything odd” as the aircraft neared the airport.
Anup Joshi reported that there was “no weather issue” and that the “mountains were clear and visibility was good.” He also noted that there was a mild wind.
On Sunday’s wrecked Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist destination of Pokhara, there were 72 passengers and crew members on board.
It’s thought that nobody survived.
As it reached the airport, the plane was captured on a mobile phone rolling sharply. Then, just over a kilometer from the airport, it crashed to the ground in the Seti River’s valley.
The airport granted the pilot’s request to switch from the designated runway 3 to runway 1, according to Mr. Joshi.
“We could use either of the runways to operate. The plane was given the all-clear to land “said the airport spokesman in Pokhara.
The incident taking place 15 days after the airport’s official opening was “extremely regrettable,” Mr. Joshi continued.
The accident is the nation’s deadliest aviation disaster in the previous 30 years.
Prior to now, searchers claimed they had given up on locating survivors.
According to Tek Bahadur, a local authority, there was “no prospect” of anyone being found alive. He added that the voice and flight data recorders of the aircraft have been located.
“So far, we have gathered 68 bodies. We are looking for four additional bodies “said Mr. Bahadur, the Taksi district’s chief district official.
The government of Nepal established a panel to look into the disaster’s causes, and the prime minister of that country designated Monday a national day of mourning.
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.
Because of Nepal’s distant runways and potentially dangerous rapid weather changes, aviation accidents are not rare there.
This Himalayan country contains some of the most treacherous terrain and some of the most breathtaking mountains in the world.
In the past, inadequate regulation and a lack of investment in modern planes have also been cited as causes.
22 passengers were killed when a Tara Air plane crashed in northern Nepal in May 2022. 51 people perished four years ago when an aircraft from Bangladesh caught fire as it touched down in Kathmandu.
Tribhuvan Paudel, a journalist, was also aboard the flight, and his sister Chiranjibi Paudel remarked that action needed to be made to increase aviation safety in Nepal.
The aircraft came down not far from the recently constructed Pokhara International Airport, which just recently began operations.
Short plane trips are a common way for Nepal’s middle classes to tour the nation, and travelers at the airport told the BBC they still felt comfortable after today’s news.
While waiting for her bags, Ria commented, “I’m not afraid of flying, but there should be stronger regulations and modern aircraft.”
Just after 10:30 (04:45 GMT), a Yeti Airlines flight headed south from the Nepalese capital to the popular tourist destination of Pokhara.
There were four crew members and 68 passengers, at least 15 of whom were foreigners.
53 of the passengers were 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.
Local resident Khum Bahadur Chhetri told Reuters that he watched the jet as it neared the airport from the roof of his house.
“I witnessed the wobbling, swaying plane, and then, all of a sudden, it nosedived and plummeted into the gorge,” the witness continued.