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Nepal plane crash: Co-pilot Anju’s husband also died in a plane crash of the same airline 16 years ago

The death of 68 people has been confirmed in the Nepal plane crash. Co-pilot Anju also died in this accident. Anju's husband had died in a plane crash of this airline 16 years ago.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kathmandu: Anju Khatiwada joined Nepal’s Yeti Airlines in the year 2010 following her husband’s footsteps. Anju’s husband was also a pilot, who died in a plane crash four years ago. He was flying a small passenger plane for a domestic carrier, which crashed minutes before landing.

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On Sunday, 44-year-old Anju Khatiwada also died. She was the co-pilot on a Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu that crashed near the city of Pokhara. At least 68 people have been killed in the Himalayan nation’s deadliest plane crash in three decades.

No one has been found alive out of 72 people on board the plane. Referring to Khatiwada, airline spokesperson Sudarshan Bartaula said, “Her husband Deepak Pokhriyal died in the crash of Yeti Airlines’ Twin Otter aircraft in Jumla in 2006. She used the money she received from insurance after her husband’s death to become a pilot.” received training.”

“Her husband, Dipak Pokhrel, died in 2006 in a crash of a Twin Otter plane of Yeti Airlines in Jumla,” airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula told Reuters, referring to Khatiwada. “She got her pilot training with the money she got from the insurance after her husband’s death.”

A pilot with more than 6,400 hours of flying time, Khatiwada had previously flown the popular tourist route from the capital, Kathmandu, to the country’s second-largest city, Pokhara, Bartaula said.

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The body of Kamal K.C., the captain of the flight, who had more than 21,900 hours of flight time, has been recovered and identified.

Kathiwada’s remains have not been identified but she is feared dead, Bartaula said.

“On Sunday, she was flying the plane with an instructor pilot, which is the standard procedure of the airline,” said an Yeti Airlines official, who knew Khatiwada personally.

“She was always ready to take up any duty and had flown to Pokhara earlier,” said the official, who asked not to be named because he isn’t authorised to speak to media.

The ATR-72 aircraft that Khatiwada was co-piloting rolled from side to side before crashing in a gorge near Pokhara airport and catching fire, according to eyewitness accounts and a video of the crash posted on the social media.

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The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the aircraft, which may help investigators determine what caused it to crash in clear weather, were recovered on Monday.

Nearly 350 people have died since 2000 in plane or helicopter crashes in Nepal – home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest – where sudden weather changes can make for hazardous conditions.

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