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Nepal: 'Govt should value the lives of its citizens' - National mourning over Pokhara plane crash fatalities
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Nepal: 'Govt should value the lives of its citizens' - National mourning over Pokhara plane crash fatalities

Nepal, Kathmandu
January 17, 2023 at 09:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kathmandu residents expressed their concerns about the government and the state of the aviation industry on Tuesday, a day of national mourning following the Pokhara plane crash at the weekend.

"Government should value the lives of its citizens, and thus, the aeroplanes which are old and have reached their expiration dates should be removed," said one local, Ruby Khan. "They need to protect citizens."

Footage shows Tribhuvan International Airport, where many of the bodies were flown for postmortem and identification, as well as the buildings housing the office of the prime minister, communication and sport ministries located in the area.

The Yeti airlines flight from Kathmandu crashed near Pokhara airport on Sunday, with 72 people on board. At least 69 are confirmed dead, while officials also believe the three missing were also killed.

"The condition of Nepal’s transportation and aviation industry is quite poor," claimed a student, Nirga Navin. "They should make infrastructures like the satellite system more powerful. Engineers need to examine and improve the state of aeroplanes before using them. <…> Strong laws should be made and implemented for its reformation."

Another local, Ramesh Gautam, agreed: "Nepal should look into these technicalities (of the aviation industry) and upgrade its aviation technologies."

According to the authorities, 53 passengers were Nepalese, with those from India, Russia, Korea, the UK, Australia, Argentina and France.

The cause of the tragedy remains unknown, although media reports state that investigators have recovered voice and flight data recorders.

Nepal: 'Govt should value the lives of its citizens' - National mourning over Pokhara plane crash fatalities
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Kathmandu residents expressed their concerns about the government and the state of the aviation industry on Tuesday, a day of national mourning following the Pokhara plane crash at the weekend.

"Government should value the lives of its citizens, and thus, the aeroplanes which are old and have reached their expiration dates should be removed," said one local, Ruby Khan. "They need to protect citizens."

Footage shows Tribhuvan International Airport, where many of the bodies were flown for postmortem and identification, as well as the buildings housing the office of the prime minister, communication and sport ministries located in the area.

The Yeti airlines flight from Kathmandu crashed near Pokhara airport on Sunday, with 72 people on board. At least 69 are confirmed dead, while officials also believe the three missing were also killed.

"The condition of Nepal’s transportation and aviation industry is quite poor," claimed a student, Nirga Navin. "They should make infrastructures like the satellite system more powerful. Engineers need to examine and improve the state of aeroplanes before using them. <…> Strong laws should be made and implemented for its reformation."

Another local, Ramesh Gautam, agreed: "Nepal should look into these technicalities (of the aviation industry) and upgrade its aviation technologies."

According to the authorities, 53 passengers were Nepalese, with those from India, Russia, Korea, the UK, Australia, Argentina and France.

The cause of the tragedy remains unknown, although media reports state that investigators have recovered voice and flight data recorders.