January 16, 2023

NEPAL: The Yeti Airlines Flight From Kathmandu To The Tourist Town Of Pokhara Crashed On Landing Before Catching Fire. 70 People Killed.

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO ABOVE: I'm sharing it because it's a reminder not to take life for granted. They were smiling, happy they were getting ready to land at their destination. Next minute their life was immediately snatched away. This is why we need to be conscientious about treasuring our lives through the ups and the downs.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, conscientious means guided by or agreeing with one's conscience, using or done with careful attention.

UPDATE 1/17/23 at 1:45pm: I want to elaborate on what I meant by through the ups and downs. This is called the ebb and flow of life. Merriam-Webster dictionary explains ebb and flow is used to describe something that changes in a regular and repeated way. The Free dictionary describes ebb and flow as a recurrent or rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth. (emphasis mine)
Newsnation published January 16, 2023: Authorities work to confirm cause of deadly Nepal plane crash. At least 70 passengers are dead after a plane crash in Nepal. As officials comb through the wreckage, authorities are working to find out what caused the sudden disaster. Aviation expert Richard Levy joined NewsNation Live to discuss.
Sky News Australia published January 15, 2023: At least 69 people have died and three more remain missing after a passenger plane crashed in Nepal. The plane was coming into land at an airport that only opened two weeks ago.

Sky News Australia
written by Samuel Osborne
Monday January 16, 2023

Video on local media showed thick black smoke billowing from the crash site. Some bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, which an army spokesperson said had "broken into pieces".

A plane carrying 72 people has crashed in Nepal, killing at least 68, officials have said.

Video on local media showed thick black smoke billowing from the crash site as rescue workers and crowds gathered around the wreckage of the aircraft.

Footage on social media showed the plane flying low before beginning to spin.

Rescuers have recovered 68 bodies out of the 72 people who were on the plane.

"We expect to recover more bodies," army spokesman Krishna Bhandari said. "The plane has broken into pieces."

The plane was carrying 68 passengers, including three infants, and four crew members, a spokesperson for the airline said.

Of the passengers, five were Indian, four Russian and two South Korean, while there was one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, France and Argentina.

Rescue workers were having difficulty reaching the crash site as it sits in a gorge between two hills, a police official said.

"Half of the plane is on the hillside," Arun Tamu, a local resident, said. "The other half has fallen into the gorge of the Seti river."

Khum Bahadur Chhetri said he "saw the plane trembling, moving left and right, and then suddenly its nose dived and it went into the gorge".

He said residents took two passengers to a hospital.

The resort town of Pokhara, which is 125 miles (200km) west of the capital Kathmandu, is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular hiking trail in the Himalayas. Its airport began operations only two weeks ago.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the prime minister, called an emergency cabinet meeting and urged security personnel and local people to help with rescue efforts.

The twin-engine ATR 72 operated by Yeti Airlines was en route from Kathmandu, an airport official said.

Yeti Airlines announced all regular flights tomorrow would be cancelled "in mourning for the passengers who lost their lives".

The plane was 15 years old and equipped with an old transponder with unreliable data, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

It was Nepal's deadliest air crash since 1992, the Aviation Safety Network database showed.

History of plane disasters

Plane crashes are not uncommon in Nepal, which is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Everest, as the weather can change suddenly and make for hazardous conditions.

The European Union has banned Nepali airlines from its airspace since 2013 over safety concerns.

Last year 22 people died when a plane crashed on a mountainside.

In 2018 a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people on board.

In 1992, all 167 people on board a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it crashed into a hill as it tried to land in Kathmandu.

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