Nepal crash: Indian passenger broadcasts his last moments on Facebook

The passenger, identified as Sonu Jaiswal, was broadcasting live from his Facebook account when the incident occurred

GHAZIPUR | Updated: 15 January, 2023 10:53 pm IST

A purported video clip shows one of the five Indian passengers onboard the Yeti Airlines aircraft, who apparently recorded his last moments before crashing into the gorge of the Seti river in Nepal.

The passenger, identified as Sonu Jaiswal, was broadcasting live from his Facebook account when the incident occurred.

Five Indians, among the 68 people, died after a 72-seater passenger aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines crashed into the gorge of the Seti river, seven kilometres ahead of its destination – Pokhara International Airport in Nepal, on Sunday.

The five Indians who were onboard the aircraft were identified as Abhishek Kushwaha, Anil Rajbhar, Vishal Sharma, Sonu Jaiswal and Sanjay Jaiswal. All of them are residents of Alawalpur Dhara Maa and Shiva villages in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district.

(Clockwise, top left) Sonu Jaiswal, Anil Rajbhar, Abhishek Kushwaha and Vishal were on that ill-fated aeroplane

 

Seated beside the window, Sonu can be seen wearing a yellow-coloured jumper. He points the camera outside to film the landscape. Only a few seconds later, the aircraft makes a sudden descent, indicating the moment it lost control. The cabin fills with commotion as the moment of the crash comes close. In the following few seconds, flames appear in the video, implying that the plane had made an impact on the ground.

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The Indian embassy in Nepal shared helpline numbers (+977-9851107021 and +977-9856037699) for the worried families. “The Embassy is in touch with local authorities and is monitoring the situation,” an Embassy official said.

Reports suggested that, apart from five Indians, there were 53 Nepali citizens, five Russians, two South Koreans, four Irish nationals, and two Argentinians who lost their lives. One Australian and one French citizen are also among the dead.

Nepal Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, called an emergency Cabinet meeting in the wake of the tragedy. The Prime Minister urged security personnel and the general public to help with the rescue efforts.

Flight data shows the ill-fated Yeti Airlines flight crashed 7 kilometres before Pokhara airport. Landing permission was given by ATC. It appears the plane crashed due to a technical snag, Nepalese authorities say.

In May 2022, a Tara Air plane crashed after air traffic control lost contact with the twin-propeller Twin Otter shortly after it took off from Pokhara. All 22 people on board died in the crash.

In March 2018, 51 people died after a US-Bangla Airlines plane crash-landed near Kathmandu’s international airport.

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