Kathmandu. Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday met the bereaved families of those killed in the Yeti Airlines plane crash in Pokhara city. Prachanda reached Tribhuvan University Training Hospital to meet the families of the victims. Expressing his condolences to the families, the Prime Minister directed the hospital authorities to expedite the identification of the bodies using the scientific process and hand over the bodies to the next of kin at the earliest.
According to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Prime Minister Dahal asked the hospital authorities to seek necessary assistance from the government to complete the identification of the dead at the earliest. In addition, the Prime Minister also inspected the bodies kept for identification. One of Nepal’s worst domestic accidents occurred on January 15, when a Yeti Airlines plane crashed between the old airport and the new airport in Pokhara minutes before landing after taking off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The beach crashed on the banks of the Seti River.
There were 53 Nepali passengers and 15 foreign nationals including five Indians and four crew members on board the aircraft during the accident. The Indians on board the plane were identified as Abhishek Kushwaha (25), Vishal Sharma (22), Anil Kumar Rajbhar (27), Sonu Jaiswal (35) and Sanjay Jaiswal, all from Uttar Pradesh.
Bodies of 71 people killed in the accident have been recovered while search is on for one more. According to Nepal’s civil aviation body, 914 people have died in air accidents in the country since the first plane crash was recorded in August 1955. The Yeti Airlines tragedy in Pokhara on Sunday is the 104th accident in Nepali skies and the third biggest in terms of casualties.
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