What you should know about the plane crash in Nepal?
At least 69 people have been confirmed deceased as of this writing when a passenger plane carrying 72 people crashed on Sunday in the Nepalese city of Pokhara.
As the hunt for survivors began on Monday, debris from the airliner, including the crumpled remains of passenger seats and the white body of the aircraft, was scattered throughout the accident scene.
Where did the aircraft go down?
The Yeti Airlines-operated ATR 72 was making a planned 27-minute trip from the nation's capital, Kathmandu, to Pokhara.
At the recently opened Pokhara International Airport, it crashed just minutes before landing.
Pokhara, located around 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, is a thriving tourist destination and the entry point to the picturesque Annapurna mountain range.
A dramatic cellphone video captured the final seconds before the plane crashed into a canyon about 1.6 kilometers (miles) from the new airport.
Who was in the crew?
There were 72 passengers on board, including four crew members.
57 Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, one each from Argentina, Ireland, Australia, and France were among the passengers.
The fate of three more people is still unclear, and 69 people have already been certified dead, but local authorities do not anticipate finding any survivors.
How come it crashed?
The cause of the crash is still unknown at this time.
It took place in a calm and unwinding climate.
Both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder have been removed from the aircraft by rescuers and searchers.
According to the manufacturer's recommendation, both devices were in acceptable condition and would be sent for study, according to officials.
Investigators will probably be able to pinpoint the crash's cause with the help of the recorders' data.
Terry Tozer, a former pilot, suggested that the plane may have "stalled."
When the speed is too low and one one the wings stops flying, it is an aerodynamics thaw," he continued. "Theoretically, that shouldn't ever occur. After takeoff, if an unexpected engine failure occurred, they ought to have been allowed to continue using the other engine.
Airlines all over the world have employed the ATR 72 type of aircraft for brief regional flights. The aircraft model was introduced in the late 1980s by a French and Italian partnership, and over the years, it has been in a number of fatal incidents.
Two accidents involving ATR 72-500 and ATR 72-600 aircraft in Taiwan in 2014 and 2015 resulted in a temporary grounding of the aircraft.
What has the response been?
Following the incident, Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal convened an emergency cabinet meeting.
"It was a horrible event. For the rescue, the whole Nepali army and police force has been mobilized, according to Dahal.
Additionally, the government has established an investigating commission and declared Monday to be a day of national mourning.
The foreign ministry of South Korea stated that it had sent personnel to the scene and was still attempting to determine the fate of two South Korean passengers.
Jim Chalmers, the Treasurer of Australia, told reporters that the government was offering consular assistance to the family of an Australian passenger.
The accident is the deadliest in Nepal since 1992, when a Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed and all 167 people on board perished.
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