Flight Recorders Recovered Following Fatal ATR 72 Crash in Nepal Written 16 January 2023

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The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder are displayed after they were retrieved from the site of the crash of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal, Monday, Jan 16, 2023. | Credit: Anish Bhattarai; Associated Press–©

Aviation International News reports that search and rescue crews in Nepal recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders for Yeti Airlines Flight YT691 on Monday, a day after it “violently crashed while on final approach to runway 12 of Pokhara International Airport.” According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the ATR 72-500 turboprop with 68 passengers and four crew members aboard took off January 15 at 10:32 a.m. local time from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for a 27-minute domestic flight to the tourist city of Pokhara.  The flight “made final contact with Pokhara Tower at 10:50 a.m. before plunging abruptly into the steep bank of the Seti Gandaki River at approximately 11:05 a.m.,” about a mile short of the runway. Video footage captured “shows the twin-engine turboprop suddenly banking to the left” while on final approach. According to the report, “Sunday’s crash not only marks Nepal’s deadliest aviation occurrence in 30 years but has also placed the country’s aviation safety record back into the spotlight.”
Full Story (Aviation International News)