Families mourn plane crash victims in Nepal as data box sent to France for analysis


Nepal Death – In an effort to understand what caused the country’s deadliest flight tragedy in 30 years, Nepalese authorities started returning the bodies of plane accident victims to their relatives on Tuesday. They also sent the aircraft’s data recorder to France for study. All 72 people on board were killed when the plane crashed into a ravine on Sunday as it was making its approach to the recently opened Pokhara International Airport in the Himalayan highlands. On Monday, searchers discovered the cockpit voice and flight data recorders. On Tuesday, a dam was turned off to facilitate the retrieval of the final body from the 300-meter-deep (984-foot-deep) gorge. Earlier on Tuesday, two more bodies were discovered.

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According to Jagannath Niraula, spokesman for Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority, the flight data recorder will be transported to France for analysis while the voice recorder would be reviewed locally. ATR, the company that makes the aircraft, has its main office in Toulouse. The French agency in charge of looking into aviation accidents acknowledged participation in the investigation and said representatives from the organization were already on the scene. The twin-engine ATR 72-500t, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, was 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, on its 27-minute journey to the resort city of Pokhara.

It is still unknown what led to the disaster, which occurred less than a minute’s flight from the airport in calm weather. Although the reason for the turboprop’s apparent stall at low altitude on approach to the airport is unknown, aviation experts believe it looks like it did. One can see the ATR 72 “nose high, high angle of attack, with wings at a very high bank angle, close to the ground” from a smartphone video taken from the ground seconds before the aircraft crashed, according to aviation analyst and consultant Bob Mann.”That aircraft attitude would likely have resulted in an aerodynamic stall and rapid loss of altitude, when already close to the ground,” he wrote in an email.

“Whether that was due to loss of power, or misjudging aircraft’s energy, direction, or the approach profile, and attempting to modify energy or approach. In addition to the four crew members, the aircraft was carrying 68 passengers, 15 of whom were foreign national. Five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, one each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina, and France were among the outsiders. The Annapurna Circuit, a well-liked trekking circuit in the Himalayas, can be reached from Pokhara. Tribhuwan Paudel, a 37-year-old journalist and editor for a local daily, was killed in the disaster, and on Tuesday afternoon, more than 150 people gathered at Tulsi Ghat, a cremation ground on the banks of the Seti River in Pokhara, to pay their respects.

Close friends of Paudel gathered to share memories as the funeral pyre was set by a priest. Rishikanta Paudel remarked Paudel constantly cherished his victories. “He would cry with happiness whenever I did something good … I still feel like he might phone me any time now and inquire how I am.” The head of the Federation of Nepali Journalists in Kaski district, Bimala Bhandari, characterized Paudel as determined and enthusiastic about the growth of Pokhara. According to Badri Binod Pratik, a friend and fellow journalist who trained Paudel, “He was dearest to all journalists here because of his nature.” “The accident has separated him from us… I have been deteriorating since the wreck day. Funerals for other victims, many of whom were local residents, are anticipated to take place soon.

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They include a pharmaceutical marketing agent who was travelling to be with his sister as she gave birth, and a minister of a South Korean religious group who was traveling to visit the school he founded.  Numerous family members and friends were still gathering outside a nearby hospital on Monday evening. While some yelled at officials to expedite the postmortems so they could take the bodies of their loved ones home for funerals, others consoled one another. Although many details concerning the incident are still unknown, aviation expert Patrick Smith, a pilot of the Boeing 757 and 767, and author of the “Ask the Pilot” blog, said that the plane “appears to have succumbed to a loss of control at low altitude.” He wrote to The Associated Press in an email, “One possibility is a botched response to an engine failure.”

It appeared to be a typical landing until the plane abruptly veered to the left, according to the man who recorded the plane’s descent on his smartphone. Diwas Bohora stated, “I witnessed that and I was astonished. I thought today all will be finished here when it crashes. Since the late 1980s, airlines all over the world have been using the ATR 72 type of aircraft for brief regional flights. The aircraft model was developed by a French and Italian consortium and has been in a number of fatal crashes throughout the years. Two accidents involving ATR 72-500 and ATR 72-600 aircraft in Taiwan in 2014 and 2015 resulted in a temporary grounding of the aircraft. Eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains, including Mount Everest, are located in Nepal, which has a history of plane disasters.

The accident on Sunday is the deadliest in Nepal since 1992, when a Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed into a hill while attempting to land in Kathmandu, killing all 167 people on board. Since 1946, 42 fatal aviation crashes have occurred in Nepal, according to the Aviation Safety database maintained by the Flight Safety Foundation. Since 2013, the European Union has prohibited Nepali airlines from operating flights into the 27-nation bloc, alleging lax safety regulations. Improvements in Nepal’s aviation industry were noted by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2017, although the EU is still pressing for administrative changes.

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