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Black box and cockpit voice recorder from plane that crashed in Nepal found

Officials from Kathmandu Airport have confirmed that they have located the black box and cockpit voice recorder for the plane that crashed in Nepal.

Yeti Airlines operated the ATR 72 aircraft. It was carrying 72 passengers when it crashed.

So far, rescuers have recovered 68 bodies. Searches continue for four people who are still missing.

Local media footage showed thick black smoke rising from the crash site, as rescue workers and crowds gathered near the wreckage.


Official at Kathmandu Airport, Teknath Sitaula said that the “black boxes” are in “good condition now.” They are good looking from the outside.

Investigators may be able to use the data from the recorders to determine the cause of the crash.

Monday has been declared a day for mourning in Nepal and a panel has been established to investigate the tragedy and recommend ways to prevent future disasters.

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Witness to the tragic plane crash in Nepal describes the moment he captured the last moments of the plane before it crashed.

The plane was on a scheduled flight between Kathmandu, Nepal, and Pokhara, which is the gateway to the picturesque Annapurna mountain range. It carried 57 Nepalis, five Indians and four Russians. One each from Argentina and Ireland.

Ajay KC, a Pokhara police official, stated that the search and rescue operation that was stopped on Sunday night because of darkness, is now being resumed.

He stated that he would remove the five bodies from the Gorge and search for the four remaining missing.

He said that the other 63 bodies were being sent to a hospital.

The fuselage of the aircraft was broken into several pieces as it crashed. These parts were then scattered throughout the canyon.

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Officials said that the plane crashed in Pokhara’s resort town. It broke into pieces when it hit the ground.

Tek Bahadur KC (a Kaski district senior administrative officer) said he expected more bodies to be found at the bottom.

Gaurav Gurung, a witness to the incident, stated that he saw the aircraft spin violently in the air after it attempted a landing.

He said that he witnessed the plane nose-first fall to its left, then collide into the canyon.

After the crash, the plane caught on fire. Gurung stated that there was smoke all around.

Image: Civilians and rescue workers from Nepal gather around the wreckage. Pic by AP

Since 2000, nearly 350 people have been killed in Nepali helicopter or plane crashes. Nepal is home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Everest. Sudden weather changes can lead to dangerous conditions.

Experts believe that air accidents are often caused by a combination or a number of factors. Investigations can take up to months.


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