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With no hopes of survivors, air crash makes Nepal ‘most dangerous place to fly’

World NewsWith no hopes of survivors, air crash makes Nepal ‘most dangerous place to fly’

Deadly plane crash in Nepal on Sunday Adding to the Himalayan country’s reputation as the most dangerous place to fly on the planet.

All 68 passengers and four crew aboard A Yeti Airlines flight The disaster killed 691 people in Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city and a gateway for tourists to the Annapurna mountain range.

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It was the 11th fatal accident in as many years in Nepal, according to data from the Aviation Safety Network. Just last May, 22 people were killed when a Tara Air flight went down en route from Pokhara to the Jomsom trekking base. The latest tragedy, the deadliest since 1992, led to tourist cancellations, according to travel industry executives, undermining the country’s vital revenue.

Nepal’s topography and weather patterns make flying more difficult than in many other places. In 2015, the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organization prioritized the country for technical assistance, later saying that its “beautiful but rugged terrain makes the safety of air operations more difficult than elsewhere in the world.” Gives.”

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Black boxes from the crashed Yeti Airlines plane in Nepal

Nepal also has some of the most dangerous roads in the world, adding to the danger that citizens and visitors face when traveling through the vertiginous country. According to the World Bank, tourism is an important industry, contributing about 7 percent of gross domestic product.

About 150,000 foreign tourists traveled to Nepal in 2021, almost all arriving by air, according to the latest data available on Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism website. The busy capital Kathmandu is the main gateway for larger aircraft, where travelers usually take smaller planes to more remote areas that feature eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest.

Subhash Goyal, founder and chairman of STIC Travel and Air Charter Group, one of India’s largest tourism groups, said Sunday’s crash had already adversely affected demand, with 60% of bookings to Nepal canceled. is, mostly by foreign tourists, especially Europeans.

The doomed Yeti Airlines flight – using a twin-engine ATR 72 turboprop – took off from Kathmandu at 10:32 a.m. local time and crashed around 11 a.m. ATR aircraft powerhouse Airbus SE and Italy is a joint venture between Leonardo SPA.

Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that 53 Nepalis were on board, along with five Indians, four Russians, two Koreans, and one each from Australia, Argentina, Ireland and France.

Yeti also operated a plane that crashed in 2008 at Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which has a runway that slopes dramatically down into a valley. Eighteen passengers and crew were killed.

Other recent disasters include the loss of a US-Bangla Airways flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh to Kathmandu in 2018, which killed 51 people.

According to its website, Yeti has six ATR 72-500s in its fleet powered by PW127 engines from Raytheon Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney unit.

He said the pilots may have lost control of the plane in Sunday’s crash, Neil Hansford, chairman of consultancy Strategic Aviation Solutions, told the Australia Broadcasting Corporation that the mountains, rough terrain and fog that descend on Nepal made flying difficult. are

A video allegedly taken shortly before the crash shows the plane entering a sharp banking maneuver as it approaches Pokhara airport, a new facility inaugurated by Nepal’s prime minister that month.

According to the latest banned list published in November, all airlines certified by Nepal’s aviation authorities are banned from flying to Europe. It includes 20 named carriers, among them Yeti.

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