The Yeti Airlines Jet That Crashed In Nepal Was Previously Owned By Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
The Yeti Airlines Jet That Crashed In Nepal Was Previously Owned By Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher

Nepal witnessed the worst plane tragedy in its history of three decades on Sunday. At Nepal’s Pokhara International Airport, a plane carrying 72 people plunges to the ground on the runway. The aircraft of Yeti Airlines was making its way from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Four crew members and a total of 68 passengers were on board. The recent update states that the Yeti Airlines jet was previously owned by Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher. 

The Airplane That Crashed In Nepal Was Owned By Vijay Mallaya’s Kingfisher

The ATR-72 aircraft of Yeti Airlines that crashed in Nepal on Sunday, was once owned by Vijay Mallaya’s Kingfisher. Kingfisher Airlines received the 9N-ANC aircraft in 2007. It was purchased by the Thailand’s Nok Air six years later. Then, it was purchased by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines in 2019. This data comes from Cirium Fleets, which keeps track of the fleet, equipment, and cost of aircraft. 

The agency added that KF Turbo Leasing owned the aircraft, which was operated by lessor Investec Bank. The initial death toll in this tragedy was 38; it has now been revised to the sombre figure of 68. Because of this, the plane crash was the deadliest in the previous 30 years. Sudarshan Bartaula, a representative for Yeti Airlines, broke the news initially. 

Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher
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Many Heart Wrenching Videos Surfaced On The Internet

Due to severe weather, the plane previously owned by Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher crashed while attempting to land at Pokhara International Airport. The aircraft caught fire when it crashed on the runway. The first of the 68 passengers to be named is a travel writer from Moscow by the name of Elena Banduro. Mourners are currently expressing their condolences on her last social media post, which was a picture with the phrase “Going to Nepal!”

There are numerous pictures and videos of the wrecked plane that have appeared online, depicting the enormous smoke and fire emissions from the vehicle. Moments prior to the terrible catastrophe are captured in a tragic Facebook Livestream video. Sonu Jaiswal, an Indian man in his 35th year, was on board with three of his buddies when the video was taken.


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