News Report on Yeti Airlines Plane Crash at Pokhara || English || Important For Grade XII NEB Board Exam, Grade XI and SEE




18 March 2023 – The aircraft being operated on the route, an ATR 72 flown by Yeti Airlines, crashed at Pokhara, killing all 72 occupants on board on 15 January 2023.

The flight took off from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport and got crashed on the bank of the Seti Gandaki River while on final approach to landing at Pokhara International Airport. A video filmed from the ground showed the aircraft banking steeply to the left before crashing 65 meters away.

There were 72 people on board, of which 68 were passengers including 15 foreigners and four were crew members. Among the passengers, 37 were men, 25 were women, and six were children, three of whom were infants. The impact was so severe that no one was able to survive and the aircraft was completely destroyed.

According to the investigation committee, the data recorders indicated the propellers were feathered. A feathered propeller generates no thrust. The preliminary report revealed that the plane's pilot said that there was no power from the aircraft's engines before the crash.

The airport was closed as authorities launched a rescue operation. The Government of Nepal summoned an emergency cabinet meeting following the crash. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said he was deeply saddened by the tragic accident and the Office of the Prime Minister declared 16  January to be a national day of mourning to pay respect to those who died in the crash. The flag of Nepal was flown at half-staff. Yeti Airlines cancelled all regular flights scheduled for 16 January.

The Yeti Airlines crash highlights the risks associated with air travel. The aviation industry and regulatory authorities must work together to ensure the safety of passengers and crew at all times. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

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