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‘No power in engines’: Pilot of Nepal plane informed before crash

The pilot of the crashed Yeti Airlines in Nepal said that there was no power in the engines just before the crash, according to the preliminary report

Rescuers scour the crash site in the wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal (AP)Premium
Rescuers scour the crash site in the wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal (AP)

A preliminary investigation report in the Yeti Airlines plane crash that killed 71 people mentioned that the pilot had said that there was no power from the aircraft's engines before the crash. In one of the Nepal’s airplane crashes in past 30 years, the airplane crashed just before landing in the tourist city of Pokhra on 15 January, killing all 71 passengers including two infants and the crew. Rescuers recovered 71 bodies, with one unaccounted person presumed to be dead.

The investigation report said the pilot who was primarily flying the aircraft handed over the controls to the pilot monitoring before it crashed. An analysis of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder showed the propellers of both engines went into "feather in the base leg of descending."

According to some aviation experts, there was "no thrust" in the engine or it did not produce any power.

The plane was traveling from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, to Pokhara, the country's second-largest city beneath the picturesque Annapurna Mountains.

The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines carried 72 people, including two infants, four members of the crew, and ten people from other countries.

Flight recorders, or black boxes, which capture information about a flight such as instrument warnings and audio recordings, were sent to Singapore for further investigation.

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Published: 15 Feb 2023, 06:42 PM IST
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