Yeti Airlines’ 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft took off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:33 am on Sunday and crashed on the bank of the Seti River between the old airport and the new airport in Pokhara, minutes before landing, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
At least 68 people, including five Indians, were feared dead, officials said, in Nepal’s worst aviation tragedies in over three decades.
According to Cirium Fleets data, which tracks aircraft fleet, equipment and its cost, the 9N-ANC aircraft was delivered to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines in 2007.
Six years later, it was bought by Thailand’s Nok Air, before it was sold to Nepal’s Yeti Airlines in 2019, it said.
Cirium Fleets data noted that the aircraft was managed by lessor Investec Bank, and owned by KF Turbo Leasing.
The ill-fated Yeti Airlines’ aircraft was also was an ATR-72 aircraft.
It was the first instance that such a model met with an accident in Nepal’s chequered aviation history.
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