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Nepal Plane Crash: Accident or Negligence

The accident of a Yeti Airlines ANC ATR 72-500 traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, not too far from the Pokhara International Airport, caused a scary occurrence in Nepal. Sixty-eight passengers and four crew members made up the 72 persons on board. Concern has been raised about the frequency of hazardous aviation-related accidents in Nepal for a long time. After an average of nearly one fatal plane crash per year for the previous three decades, the crash on Sunday, January 15, was Nepal's deadliest plane crash at that time.

There has been a long-standing prohibition on Nepali Airlines flights to Europe. The European Union states banned the carriers of the Himalayan nation back in 2013, citing safety concerns. Ten years after it happened, the jet disaster at Nepal's recently opened Pokhara International Airport has renewed questions about the safety of the passengers. Exacerbating the worries, experts also think that one of the causes of aviation crashes could be defective aircraft or pilot weariness. Additionally, there have been fatal aviation crashes in the Himalayan nation's landlocked past.

The plane crash that occurred on Sunday in the popular tourist location of Pokhara left no survivors, according to a Nepal Army report on Monday. The Nepal Army spokesperson, Krishna Prasad Bhandari, stated that "We haven't rescued anyone alive from the accident scene." The passenger plane crashed into a river valley while landing at Pokhara, Nepal's recently constructed airport. There were 72 people on board, including five Indians, who are believed dead. The search and rescue operation is anticipated to resume around daylight. 

The ATR 72 plane, which was involved in the Pokhara tragedy on Sunday, has been utilized for brief regional flights by numerous airlines worldwide. The aircraft model was first presented in the late 1980s by French and Italian cooperation, and it has been in several fatal incidents over the years. All 65 people on board were killed when an ATR 72 operated by Iran's Aseman Airlines crashed in a foggy, mountainous area in 2018.

Several media reports in 2020 claimed that the European Union was thinking about lifting its ban on Nepalese airlines. According to a press release from the European Union, cited by Simple Flying, "The Commission is aware of the efforts that the country has made, particularly about the new aviation legislation proposal that Nepal's Parliament is presently considering." Such rumors and conjectures persisted up until 2022. The lifting of the restriction, however, might be a faraway dream in light of the most recent event.

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