Nepal plane crash: 71 bodies recovered, 1 still missing

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A total of 69 bodies had been recovered by Monday evening with the 69th found in the Seti river, and both black boxes of the ill-fated plane were retrieved on Monday…reports Asian Lite News

With the second body recovered at the crash site of a Nepali passenger plane in central Nepal on Tuesday, 71 bodies had been found with the last missing victim remains to be confirmed, an official said.

“We have found one more body in the Seti River,” Guru Datta Dhakal, assistant chief district officer of the Kaski district where the ATR-72 aircraft crashed, told Xinhua.

“So the total number of bodies recovered has reached 71.”

A Yeti Airlines plane crashed into the Seti river gorge near the city of Pokhara on Sunday when it was flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara with 72 people on board, Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 69 bodies had been recovered by Monday evening with the 69th found in the Seti river, and both black boxes of the ill-fated plane were retrieved on Monday.

The 70th body was recovered at the crash site early Tuesday.

Legs supposed to be from the 72nd person had been recovered, “however, we’re yet to ascertain it,” said Dhakal.

“The rescue effort has been ceased for today. It will resume tomorrow morning,” he added.

Earlier, the black box of the Yeti Airlines aircraft was handed over by the Nepal Army to Civil Aviation Authority officials.

The Nepal Army also handed over the flight data recorder, following the crash. The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft from Kathmandu crashed in Pokhara minutes before touch-down on Sunday.

Ghazipur mourns death of its four residents

The plane crash in Nepal’s Pokhara has made the Alawalpur Afga village of Ghazipur inconsolable, as among the five Indians who were killed in the Yeti Airlines aircraft crash on Sunday, four were residents of this UP district.

The deceased are identified as Abhishek Kushwaha, Vishal Sharma, Sonu and Anil Rajbhar. All of them were between 22 to 27 years of age group and were running different businesses here. Their family members are in a state of distress. Chandra Maurya, the father of the late Kushwaha, said he was the only earning member of the family. The deceased used to run a public service centre

Kushwaha’s brother Abhinesh, said, “I am in a daze; I don’t know what we will do now. After listening to the news about his death, my father and mother are in a very bad condition,” said

The same is the situation at Vishal Sharma’s house where villagers have gathered to share their grief while his elder brother and father are in a state of shock.

His friends said that they could not believe that Sharma was no more among them.

One of his friends said that when the plane was about to land, he was liking his friend’s photograph on Facebook, and Sharma was in a live chat with his friends.

The whole district is inconsolable and the local shopkeepers have not opened their shops today.

“In this hour of grief, the entire region stands with the deceased’s family,” a shopowner said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed grief and prayed for the bereaved families of the Nepal plane crash.

“Pained by the tragic air crash in Nepal in which precious lives have been lost, including Indian nationals. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families,” PM Modi tweeted.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has also expressed grief over the incident and extended his condolences to the victims. (ANI)

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