Nepal Receives Plane Black Box After 30 Years Worst Crash: Officials claimed that on Monday, investigators discovered the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from a passenger flight that had crashed, killing at least 70 people in Nepal’s worst aviation disaster in 30 years.
In order to find out what caused the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 aircraft, which was carrying 72 people, to crash on Sunday just before landing in the tourist destination of Pokhara, investigators may examine the data from the recorders.
According to the manufacturer’s recommendation, both recorders will be forwarded for study. According to Kathmandu airport official Teknath Sitaula, both writers were in fine condition. ATR is situated in France, while Pratt & Whitney Canada produced the aircraft’s engines there (RTX.N).
Since the crash, every ATR 72 and ATR 42 aircraft have been inspected by Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority, which discovered no technical issues with any of them, according to a statement released on Monday.
According to a representative of the aviation authority, there are now 16 ATR 72 aircraft and three ATR 42 aircraft with multiple airlines in the nation. More than 24 hours after the disaster, rescuers fought cloudy skies and limited visibility as they searched a river valley for passengers who are still missing.
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According to Navin Acharya, a representative of the rescue coordination center at Kathmandu airport, two more bodies were found on Monday, bringing the total number of fatalities up to 70. As night fell, the search for the final two missing people was suspended. It will pick up again on Tuesday, he said.
Ajay K.C., a police official in Pokhara, reported that all remains had been taken to a hospital. Around 100 people lighted candles during a gathering in the capital Kathmandu in honor of the crash victims and urged the government to enforce appropriate safety standards, according to witnesses.
From all across the world, including the Vatican, condolences flooded in.
“His Holiness Pope Francis sends his condolences to you and all affected by this tragedy, together with his prayers for those involved in the recovery efforts,” Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said in a message to Nepal’s president. Rescuers were inspecting the burned airplane wreckage close to a mountain gorge in Reuters footage from the crash site.
The aircraft carried 57 Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, and one each from Argentina, Ireland, Australia, and France on a scheduled journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the entry point to the picturesque Annapurna mountain range.
Minutes before the aircraft was to land on Sunday, the pilot asked for a runway change, a spokesperson for Pokhara airport said on Monday. “The permission was granted. “We don’t ask (why). Whenever a pilot asks we give permission to change approach,” spokesperson Anup Joshi said.
According to analysts, Sunday’s tragedy highlighted the government’s need to disband the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), which oversees airport management and airline regulation.
“The government must immediately separate the regulatory body and service provider by splitting the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) which is doing both works now,” K.B. Limbu, an aviation expert, and a retired pilot, told Reuters.
“This leads to a conflict of interests.”
When prompted for the reply, Sitaula, a Kathmandu airport representative, refuted any such issue with CAAN’s operation.
“The regulatory and service provider (airport management) officials are separate and there is no cross-movement between the two bodies operating under the same organization,” he said, referring to the CAAN.
There are nine domestic airlines in Nepal, among them Yeti Airlines and Tara Air. Out of the 359 individuals killed in aviation accidents worldwide since 2000, at least 165 have died in plane crashes in Nepal, according to data from CAAN.
Nepal, home to eight of the world’s fourteen tallest mountains, including Everest, and where rapid weather changes can create hazardous conditions, has seen an additional 75 fatalities in helicopter crashes this century.
Nepal aircraft crash | The black box of the crashed plane found: Sher Bath Thakur, airport official Kathmandu to ANI
Visuals of the search and rescue operation at Pokhara. pic.twitter.com/Qqhz68Glym
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According to experts, multiple causes frequently contribute to aviation mishaps, and investigations can last months or more. Anju Khatiwada, the co-pilot of the unfortunate aircraft that crashed on Sunday, lost her spouse Dipak Pokhrel in a related accident in 2006. Although Khatiwada’s bones have not been found, it is assumed that she is dead.
On Monday, Nepal commemorated a day of national mourning and established a panel to study the catastrophe and recommend steps to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
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