Nepal's third-deadliest air accident claims the life of a pilot whose husband died 16 years ago with the same airline

Pete Lakeman

In a turn of events that seems directed by a wretched author, the recent airplane accident in Nepal claimed the life of the copilot whose husband died 16 years ago. Anju Khatiwada joined Nepal's Yeti Airlines in 2010, four years after her husband died in a domestic airliner flight. Khatiwada had more than 6400 hours of flight time. She flew the popular Kathmandu-Pokhara tourist route. The spokesperson for Yeti Airlines, which she worked for revealed that she “ got her pilot training with the money she got from the insurance after her husband's death.” Her husband had flown for the same airline.

It’s not yet known what caused the crash that happened this past Sunday. It’s reported that the ATR-72 aircraft rolled from side to side before crashing into a gorge and catching fire as it approach the Pokhara airport. As is the standard procedure, she was flying the airplane with an instructor pilot and had flown to the same destination earlier. She is described as someone who “was always ready to take up any duty.”

The airplane had 68 passengers and 4 crew members. So far, no survivor has been found. The black box and the cockpit voice recorder have been recovered and might be helpful in helping investigators determine what caused the crash. Two videos showing the final moments before the crash have appeared in the news. Both videos come with a viewer discretion warning including a Facebook Live that was being streamed by a passenger that was onboard.

Everything appears calm before the airplane starts to veer and ends up with a crash and distraught voices. Another video seems to have been recorded by someone outside of the airplane and shows the airplane rolling on its sides before disappearing from view. A loud boom is then heard as well as the voices of people who were near the individual recording the video.

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