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Yeti Airlines Flight 691 air crash reconstruction

Yeti Airlines Flight 691 air crash reconstruction We offer our condolences to the families of the victims!  /// On Sunday, January 15, 2023,...

Yeti Airlines Flight 691 air crash reconstruction

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims! 

On Sunday, January 15, 2023, Yeti Airlines Flight 691 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in Nepal.

The aircraft was a 15-year-old twin-engine turboprop ATR 72–500, with serial number 754 and registration 9N-ANC.

The plane had been flying from the capital of Kathmandu to Pokhara, the country's second most populous city and a gateway to the Himalayas. 

Pokhara is located some 129 kilometers (80 miles) west of Kathmandu.

The flight took off from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 local time.

There were 72 people on board, 68 passengers, and four crew members.

The plane was under the command of senior captain Kamal KC with Anju Khatiwada as co-pilot.

Immediately after takeoff, the plane took a left turn and laid down a course to Pokhara.

According to reports, this was to be the last flight of the plane's co-pilot, Anju Khatiwada, as a pilot. 

She was set to become the captain after her successful landing, scheduled for Sunday.

Co-pilot Anju had successfully landed in almost all the airports of Nepal earlier.

According to regional media reports, Anju lost her husband 16 years back in a plane crash on June 21, 2006. Her husband was also a co-pilot for Yeti Airlines. 

While approaching, the aircraft was initially preparing for an approach to runway 30, but the captain later requested an approach to runway 12.

The Pokhara International Airport was opened on January 1, 2023. 

All previous flights of 691 at the new Pokhara International Airport landed on runway 30.

The weather was fair, but the local region's topography, with its mountain peaks and narrow valleys, always raises the risk of accidents.

In addition, some pilots called ATR-72-500 an "unforgiving aircraft" if the pilot isn't highly skilled and familiar with the region's terrain and wind speed.

Just 10 seconds away from her goal, Anju's dreams came crashing down.

The plane crashed while on final approach to runway 12 at Pokhara International Airport.

The aircraft crashed on the bank of Seti River and the new airport and burst into flames.

All 72 people on board perished in the crash.

A video clip on social media on Sunday appeared to show the moments before the aircraft crashed. 

The film, which appears to be taken from a rooftop of a house in Pokhara, shows the plane flying low over a populated area and rolling on its side before the aircraft is no longer visible in the clip.

The aircraft's nose was noticeably high before the left wing suddenly dropped, indicating a likely stall.

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