Husband of Nepali co-pilot: It has been reveal that the co-pilot of the tragic aeroplane that crashed in Nepal on Sunday had lost her husband in a plane crash sixteen years prior.
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In the nation’s worst aviation catastrophe in 30 years, Anju Khatiwada was co-piloting Yeti Airlines flight 691 when it crashed into a gorge not far from the tourist destination of Pokhara, killing everyone on board.
The loss of her husband Dipak Pokhrel, who was also a co-pilot on a Yeti Airlines flight, inspired Anju to pursue a career in aviation.
Anju was devastate by her loss, left alone with their little kid, and her sorrow served as her driving drive.
Family member Santosh Sharma described the deceased as a “strong woman who stood for her aspirations and accomplished the dreams of her spouse.”
In June 2006, all nine occupants of a Twin Otter prop plane that was bringing food and rice to the western village of Jumla died when it crashed and caught fire while Dipak was in the cockpit.
Anju overcame several challenges to receive her pilot’s licence and train in the US four years later. She joined Yeti Airlines once she was qualified.
Anju was a pioneer who had flown nearly 6,400 hours and was one of only six female pilots hired by the airline.
According to Sudarshan Bartaula of Yeti Airlines, “She was a complete captain at the airline who had done solo flights.” She was a courageous woman.
Husband of Nepali co-pilot also perished in plane crash
Later, as she worked on her job, Anju remarried and had a second kid. She loved her job and was a joy to be around, according to friends and relatives. She and her first husband passing away in the same manner is a tragedy within a tragedy.
Pieces of the crash plane that Anju was co-piloting were scatter along the banks of the River Seti in Pokhara like shattered toys. With its windows intact and the green and yellow of Yeti Airlines still discernible, a tiny portion of the aircraft was resting on the gorge.
In the Himalayan nation, where hundreds have died in flight accidents in previous decades, this week’s tragedy has rekindled a discussion about airline safety.
Numerous causes have been cite over time as the cause of Nepal’s subpar aeroplane safety record. It can be challenging to manoeuvre the mountainous terrain, and the weather is frequently unexpect. Others, however, cite insufficient oversight, loose laws, and out-of-date planes as equally significant issues.
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