Nepalese rescue workers inspect debris at the site of a plane crash in Pokhara, Nepal January 16, 2023. | Photo credit: AP
The search for the last missing person in the plane crash in Nepal resumed January 18 after rescuers pulled another body out of the crash site on Tuesday, where a Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people, including five Indians, crashed into a river gorge Pokhara resort fell.
Two days after the fatal crash, the body of a woman was found deep in the Seti River gorge on Tuesday. This recovered the bodies of 71 people who died in the crash.
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The search for the missing person began early Wednesday morning with the help of divers and four drones, and rescuers have given up hope of finding the missing person alive, MyRepublica newspaper reported.
The Yeti Airlines plane took off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 10:33 am Sunday and crashed minutes before landing on the banks of the Seti River between the old airport and the new airport in Pokhara.
53 Nepalese passengers and 15 foreign nationals, including five Indians, and four crew members were on board the Yeti Airlines plane when it crashed.
The five Indians, all from Uttar Pradesh, have been identified as Abhisekh Kushwaha (25), Bishal Sharma (22), Anil Kumar Rajbhar (27), Sonu Jaiswal (35) and Sanjaya Jaiswal.
Up to 48 bodies of those who died were taken to Kathmandu, the report added.
The bodies other than those of local people and those who could not be identified and those of foreigners were flown to Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon.
The bodies of the 48 victims were taken to Kathmandu by Nepalese Army helicopters for autopsy at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj.
Police Superintendent Dinesh Mainali of the Kathmandu Police Range said the bodies would only be released to their respective families after an autopsy was completed.
“Forensic scientists are currently working to complete the autopsy of the deceased. After receiving the autopsy report, we will deliver the remains of the deceased to their respective family members,” he said.
Meanwhile, a team of experts from France arrived in Nepal on Tuesday to investigate the Yeti Airlines ATR plane crash that occurred in Pokhara on Jan. 15.
A team of nine experts from the company that makes the ATR aircraft has reached Pokhara.