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Nepal crash: Searchers find black boxes after plane mysteriously crashes into ravine

Nepal crash: Searchers find black boxes after plane mysteriously crashes into ravine
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Searchers in Nepal recovered the flight data and audio recordings on Monday fatal plane crash At least 68 of the 72 people believed to have been on board were killed.

A Yeti Airlines ATR 72 plane mysteriously crashed into a river valley during a routine 30-minute flight on Sunday. The plane’s manifest said 72 people were on board, including four crew members, but rescuers have so far been able to recover the remains of only 68 people.

The ATR 72 took off from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, at 10:32 am local time and re-checked in with air traffic controllers at 10:50 am. The plane is believed to have crashed shortly after check-in, and information from black boxes recovered on Monday will shed light on the plane’s fate.

Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal declared a national day of mourning after the accident and set up a panel to investigate the disaster.

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Rescuers remove the body of a victim who died in a Yeti Airlines plane crash in Pokhara on January 16, 2023. – In Nepal, January 16 was marked as a day of mourning for the victims of the country’s deadliest aviation disaster in the last three decades, with 67 people. (Getty Images)

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Family members and loved ones of those killed in the Yeti Airlines plane crash cry outside a hospital in Pokhara on January 16, 2023. – On January 16, Nepalese rescuers investigated the ravine under the debris. (Getty Images)

“I saw the plane shaking, moving left and right, and then suddenly its nose dipped and it went into the valley,” one of the witnesses told Reuters about the accident.

Accident Nepal’s worst plane crash Since 1992, a plane carrying 167 people crashed near the capital, killing all on board.

Sunday’s passenger list is included 53 Nepalese nationals, Nepalese authorities said there were five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, one Australian, one Argentine, one Irish and one French.

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Yeti Airlines ATR 72 aircraft at Pokhara airport. The ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft has the registration 9N-AMM and is powered by 2x PWC engines. Yeti Airlines Pvt. Ltd. It is an airline based in Kathmandu, Nepal with an exclusive ATR fleet. (Getty Images)

Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Everest, Nepal has a history of air accidents. According to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Database, there have been 42 fatal plane crashes in Nepal since 1946.

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Fox News’ Pilar Arias and Reuters contributed to this report.

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