Monday, January 16, 2023

‘Mara mara’: Last words of 4 Indians onboard Nepal plane moments before crash

A video of the final moments before the Yeti Airlines plane crash in Nepal's Pokhara has emerged on social media. The video was being shot by an Indian passenger from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur, who was on board the ill-fated aircraft when disaster struck. Later, the only thing visible in the video was a burst of flames.

In the video, the man, along with his three friends, was streaming on Facebook Live and recording the moments. The four were identified as Vishal Sharma (22), Sonu Jaiswal (35), Anil Rajbhar(27) and Abhishek Kushwaha(25). The video was reportedly being shot by Sonu. He could be seen panic-stricken as his friends started shouting "mara mara".

The four were planning to participate in paragliding in the popular tourist hub of Pokhara, according to a local resident, who had come with them from India in the same vehicle.

A passenger plane, ATR-72, carrying 72 people onboard, crashed in Nepal's Pokhara on Sunday. Nepal’s Yeti Airlines confirmed there were 68 passengers, including five Indians, on the aircraft.

According to Kathmandu Post, rescuers have so far retrieved 68 bodies from the debris of the crash, while the search for the remaining four is underway. However, army personnel said rescue efforts have been hampered by the treacherous terrain, and had to be eventually called off at night on Sunday.

Bodies of those who died have been retrieved and taken to Gandaki Hospital for post-mortem examination, an official from the district administration office said. Most of the bodies were so badly burnt that they are beyond identification, the official added.

16/01/23  India Today

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