Tragedy in Nepal: 72 Dead in Worst Air Disaster in Three Decades

Monday, 72 people tragically lost their lives in nepal’s worst air disaster in three decades. on board the yeti airlines flight 691 were 53 nepalese passengers, five indians, four russians, two koreans, one passenger each from the uk, australia, argentina and france. the plane crashed in a gorge near the airport of pokhara, a tourist town. among the passengers was sydney teacher myron love, 29, who was confirmed dead by australian authorities, as well as myron yoo, 45, an avid cyclist and surfer who was on holiday with his 14-year-old son in the himalayas. also on board was anju khatiwada, one of the six women pilots employed by the airline, who had flown close to 6,400 hours.

Incident occurred on monday, and the cause of the crash is yet to be determined. the yeti airlines plane’s voice and flight data recorders have been recovered and are said to be in good condition. low cost air travel has become popular among nepal’s middle class population, and nira, a singer, had been on the flight en route to a music festival in pokhara. anju rai’s late husband, dipak pokhrel, had also been co-piloting a yeti airlines flight prior to its crash in 2006.

Cause of the crash is yet to be determined, and investigations are ongoing. the recovered voice and flight data recorders are said to be in good condition and may provide clues as to how and why the incident occurred. it is possible that the cause of the crash is related to the popularity of low cost air travel in nepal, which has enabled more people to fly, but may also have increased the risk of accidents.

By Evey Lovelace

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