Kathmandu. Grieving for her husband who died in an accident in 2006 while flying a small passenger plane of ‘Yeti Airlines’, Anju Kathiwada decided to become a pilot and went to America to study aviation. Anju, 16 years after her husband’s death, was also flying a ‘Yeti Airlines’ plane, which met with an accident while landing at Pokhara airport on Sunday. Anju died in the accident.
There were 72 people on board the plane. Anju was married to Deepak Pokharel, who used to fly helicopters for the Nepal Army. Deepak, who became a pilot for Yeti Airlines a few years after his marriage, died in a Twin-Otter accident in Jumla district in 2006. After the death of his son-in-law, Anju’s father wanted to send her to India to study. But she did not agree.
Mourning the sudden death of her husband, she chose America to study to become a pilot. According to Sudarshan Bartaula, a spokesperson for Yeti Airlines, Anju used the money she received as an insurance claim after her husband’s death to study aviation.
She joined ‘Yeti Airlines’ in 2010 and fulfilled her dream of becoming a Captain. But 16 years after Deepak’s death, Anju died when their 9A-ANC ATR-72 aircraft crashed on the banks of the Seti River between the old airport and the new airport in Pokhara. No survivors have been reported so far after Sunday’s accident.
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