A passenger from India, whose phone was found under the wreckage of the plane, managed to capture the moment of landing. It shows the view from the porthole, below you can see the cityscapes. Along the way, the traveler takes pictures of himself and other tourists. They are having fun discussing something and are unaware of the impending disaster. Suddenly, the camera starts to shake and a second later the sound of the plane hitting the ground is heard, accompanied by the screams of the people. Later in the frame, only the wreckage of the plane and the flames are visible.
After reviewing the recording, it becomes clear that the accident happened suddenly. There was no ignition prior to ground contact on board. This was also evidenced by previously released images taken by eyewitnesses from the ground.
Let us remember that on the morning of January 15, Nepal experienced the worst plane crash in the country’s history in the last thirty years. The Yeti Airlines plane was on a domestic flight from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara, a popular destination for mountain hikers. During the landing approach, the aircraft dropped sharply on the left wing and crashed into the Seti River Gorge. Rescue services immediately arrived at the crash site, but later airline representatives reported that all 72 people (68 passengers and 4 crew members) on board were dead. The victims of the tragedy were 53 Nepalis and 15 foreigners, including four Russians, as well as two airline pilots and two flight attendants.
The circumstances of the accident are being established. According to preliminary data, the cause of the disaster could be a technical malfunction.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushka Kamal Dahal declared a one-day national mourning in the country on January 16 and Yeti Airlines canceled all regular flights scheduled for Monday in memory of the dead.