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Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500 plane crash
Pokhara, Nepal

Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500 plane crash - Pokhara, Nepal

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Pokhara, NepalThe ATR 72 operated by Yeti Airlines took off from Kathmandu, Nepal, for a passenger flight to Pokhara, Nepal. 68 passengers and 4 crewmembers were onboard. The plane was on final approach to Pokhara's International Airport's when the aircraft stalled. The ATR72 crashed 1,1 NM (2 km) ahead of the runway threshold. All the 72 people onboard were killed.

The weather conditions were excellent, with a clear sky, low wind, and very good visibility. While on final approach, the twin-engine ATR72 entered a pitch up attitude then the aircraft stalled. This resulted in a left roll up to approximatively 90°. The aircraft altitude was too low recover a stall. The plane crashed in the gorges of the Seti river, between the old airport and the new airport and burst into flames. The airplane was totally destroyed. Both flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered two days after the accident. The Flight Data Recorder analysis indicates that both propellers went into the feather position, thus leading to a total loss of traction resulting in the loss of speed. Investigators are now focusing on why the two propellers feathered.

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Video showing the moment the ATR72-500 stalls

The ATR72 is a widely used twin-engine turboprop plane manufactured by ATR, a joint venture of Airbus and Italy's Leonardo. Yeti Airlines has a fleet of six ATR72-500 planes. The ATR72 that crashed was was 15 years old.

Yeti Airlines is currently on the blacklist of airlines banned from flying in the European Union.

Aircraft similar to the one which crashed (ATR 72-500)
Aircraft similar to the one which crashed (ATR 72-500)
Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara, Nepal (Red dot on map)

Photos of the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 crash