Nepal: Co-pilot who died in a crash on the same airline 16 years after her husband

  • Rajni Vaidyanathan*
  • BBC News


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Anju Khatiwada in the airplane cabin

The co-pilot of the flight that crashed in Nepal on Sunday (15) had misplaced her husband 16 years in the past in one other accident by the same airline.

Anju Khatiwada was second in command of Yeti Airlines Flight 691, which crashed into a ditch close to the resort city of Pokhara.

All 72 folks on board have been killed and the crash turned the Asian nation’s worst air catastrophe in 30 years.

Khatiwada’s husband Deepak Pokharel additionally died in the cabin of the crashed Yeti Airlines airplane. It was the lack of her then husband that prompted Khatiwada to enter aviation.

Sudarshan Bartaula of Yeti Airlines mentioned, “She was an airline captain and used to fly alone.” “She was a courageous lady,” he concluded.

Khatiwada remarried and had a second baby whereas pursuing a profession as an aviator.

Friends and household mentioned she was a very completely satisfied particular person and liked her job.

That she and her first husband died this fashion, relations say, is a tragedy inside a tragedy.

Parts of the airplane that crashed on Sunday are nonetheless scattered on the banks of the Seti River at the crash website in Pokhara.

A small piece of the airplane rests over the valley, with the home windows intact and the inexperienced and yellow Yeti Airlines livery nonetheless seen.

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The tragedy has reignited the debate over air security in the Himalayan nation, the place air crashes have killed tons of in latest a long time.


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Nepali authorities haven’t but advised what might be the purpose for the airplane crash.

Over the years, numerous causes have been identified as safety lapses by Nepali Airlines.

The mountainous terrain and sometimes unpredictable and difficult-to-navigate climate are sometimes cited as explanations for accidents like final Sunday’s.

However, specialists level to different equally necessary causes, corresponding to the age of the plane fleet, permissive rules and poor supervision.

The reason behind Sunday’s accident will not be but identified.

Families of victims outdoors the Pokhara hospital look forward to the our bodies of their kin to be handed over after the completion of the autopsy.

One of them, Bhimsen Ban, mentioned that he wished to take the physique of his good friend Neera again to his village in order that it might be buried.


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Singer Neera Chantyal is amongst the 72 victims of Nepal’s worst air tragedy to be recorded in the final 30 years.

Neera Chantyal, 21, was a singer and used to fly with Yeti Airlines.

For the center class, low price air journey has turn into a low-cost and common approach of touring in the hill nation.

Neera, who had shifted to Kathmandu, was touring on that flight to carry out at a music competition in Pokhara.

“She was a very gifted artist and used to sing folks songs. Sometimes she sang spontaneously,” Bhimsen cried, his eyes purple.

“I’ve no phrases to explain the loss,” he concluded.

Additional reporting by Rajneesh Bhandari and Andrew Clarence.

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