French Team Begins Investigation into Yeti Airlines Plane Crash

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French Team Begins Investigation into Yeti Airlines Plane Crash

January 19: A team from French aeroplane manufacturing company ATR has started on-site investigation of the Yeti Airlines ATR-72 plane crash in Pokhara that took place on Sunday.    
The team reached the Seti River gorge where the plane with call sign 9N-ANC had fallen deep down and crashed claiming lives of all 72 onboard and inspected the accident site.    
The nine-member investigating team is being facilitated by officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), security personnel as well as the locals. The team also reportedly flew a drone camera to screen the accident site.    
The plane with 72 people onboard including 68 passengers and four crew members had flown to Pokhara from Kathmandu at 10:32 am and crashed in the gorge while making a final approach for landing. So far, the dead bodies of 71 victims have already been retrieved while search is underway for one missing person, said Superintendent of Police Ajay KC.    
The plane manufacturing company is keenly studying Nepal's first ATR plane crash.    
Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kaski, Tek Bahadur KC, said that the security agencies are deployed for search and rescue and management of dead bodies post the disasters.

The matter of investigation is not related to us," he said.    
The government has also formed an investigation committee coordinated by Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Buddisagar Lamichhane, which is also looking into the case.    
Some members of the French team have returned to Kathmandu after the on-site study of the accident while some were still in Pokhara, according to Chief of Pokhara International Airport, Bikram Gautam.    
Earlier on Monday, the 'black box' of the crashed aircraft was found. The CAAN is hopeful that the 'black box' would help find out the cause behind the air crash. -- RSS

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