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Nepal: 'Whole country is mourning with us’ - Funerals for pilot and crew of Pokhara air crash held at Kathmandu temple04:11

Nepal: 'Whole country is mourning with us’ - Funerals for pilot and crew of Pokhara air crash held at Kathmandu temple

Nepal, Kathmandu
January 19, 2023 at 18:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of mourners gathered for the funeral of the pilot of the Pokhara plane crash and other crew mem, at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on Thursday.

"We are gathered over here for the funeral of our pilot and his colleagues," said a friend, Vikki Choudhary. "It's been already three days and we still haven't over it. The whole country is mourning with us and this is very unfortunate incident for everyone."

Footage shows the bodies wrapped in white sheets being carried into position, with orange garlands laid across them.

Mourners were seen crying and sprinkling petals, before the bodies were placed on funeral pyres and set alight, with the smoke drifting across the temple’s site and into the sky.

The Yeti airlines flight from Kathmandu crashed near Pokhara airport on Sunday with 72 people on board. All are believed to have been killed.

According to the authorities, 53 passengers were Nepalese, with others 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: 'Whole country is mourning with us’ - Funerals for pilot and crew of Pokhara air crash held at Kathmandu temple04:11
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Dozens of mourners gathered for the funeral of the pilot of the Pokhara plane crash and other crew mem, at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on Thursday.

"We are gathered over here for the funeral of our pilot and his colleagues," said a friend, Vikki Choudhary. "It's been already three days and we still haven't over it. The whole country is mourning with us and this is very unfortunate incident for everyone."

Footage shows the bodies wrapped in white sheets being carried into position, with orange garlands laid across them.

Mourners were seen crying and sprinkling petals, before the bodies were placed on funeral pyres and set alight, with the smoke drifting across the temple’s site and into the sky.

The Yeti airlines flight from Kathmandu crashed near Pokhara airport on Sunday with 72 people on board. All are believed to have been killed.

According to the authorities, 53 passengers were Nepalese, with others 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.