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Nepal Plane Crash: Co-Pilot Had Lost Her Husband 16 Years Ago In Similar Mishap, Was 10 Seconds Away From Promotion

First Published: 16th January, 2023 12:08 IST

She lost her husband in a similar plane crash 16 years back. Coincidentally, her husband was also co-pilot for Yeti Airlines itself

Anju Khatiwada—the co-pilot of the ill fated Yeti Airlines plane had lost her husband in a similar plane crash 16 years back. Coincidentally, her husband was also co-pilot for Yeti Airlines itself. Sixteen years ago on June 21, 2006, Yeti Airlines 9N AEQ aircraft, which was on its way to Jumla from Nepalganj via Surkhet, had crashed leaving six passengers and four crew members dead, reported


If reports are to be believed, Anju Khatiwada, was seconds away from achieving her dreams of becoming a pilot. The flight was piloted by senior Capitan Kamal KC and Anju was the co-pilot on the aircraft.

Reports claimed that the ill-fated Yeti Airlines plane was scheduled to be the last flight of the crashed plane’s co-pilot, Anju Khativada. She was set to become the captain after her successful landing, scheduled for Sunday.

However, her dreams came crashing down as the flight crashed at Nayagaun at around 10.30 a.m., killing all 72 people — 68 passengers and 4 crew members on board. For the unversed,  one needs at least 100 hours of flying experience to become a pilot. Earlier, Anju had successfully landed in almost all the airports of Nepal.


  •  A total of 68 bodies have been recovered so far by the rescuers from the debris of the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday.
  • The aircraft crashed between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport, according to Yeti Airlines.
  • Among the passengers were three infants, three children and 62 adults.
  • According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the deceased passengers included 53 Nepali citizens, five Indians, four Russians, one Irish, one Australian, among others.
  • Four passengers who lost their lives in crash were from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.
  • They were live on Facebook to share their experience on the flight, minutes before the aircraft went down.
  • In the 1.3 minute live video on Facebook, one of them can be seen excitedly shouting “Mauj Kar Di” (it’s been fun) as the camera focuses on Pokhara town below.

Also Read: UP Man Killed In Plane Crash Went To Nepal To Visit Pashupatinath Temple



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