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Nepal: the tragic story of the co-pilot of the plane that made its last flight before becoming a pilot


In addition, her first husband was also a co-pilot and died in a plane crash of Yeti Airlines, the same company.

He was only steps away from achieving his dream of becoming a pilot.

In fact, this was his last flight as a


-pilot aboard a Yeti Airlines plane.

But fate did not want it that way:

Anju Khatiwada

, a woman who loved to fly,


this Sunday, January 15, in the tragic accident in Nepal.

But there is more.

It is that fate wanted her story to be, unfortunately, very similar to that of her first husband,

Deepak Pokhrel

, who was also a co-pilot and

died in an air incident working for the same airline on June 21, 2006.

​Almost 17 years


Six passengers and four crew members who died were traveling in it.

One of the dead people was, precisely, Anju's husband.

Anju Khatiwada's first husband was also a co-pilot and died in a plane crash working for Yeti Airlines.

Photo: Web

The dramatic story of Anju Khatiwada

According to local media reports,

Anju Khatiwada

was born in


, a municipality in southeastern Nepal.

She there she finished high school and then went to study in India and trained in America.

After her first husband's accident - which had a lot of coincidences with the one that happened now - she began working for

Yeti Airlines


Anju had a

22-year-old daughter by

her first marriage and a

7-year-old boy by

her second husband.

This Sunday was not another flight.

It would be the last time he would accompany from the passenger seat.

It's that Anju was about to

get a master pilot's license

and would be the commander in charge of the airships.

So, with the idea of ​​completing the mandatory 100 hours in the air and becoming an aircraft captain,

Anju was making this trip with her instructor

, Kamal KC, a senior pilot with 35 years of experience.

Once the flight landed, Anju would become a pilot.

Photo: The Nepali Post

As local media highlight, Anju

had successfully landed

at almost all airports in Nepal before.

Once they landed, she would have been able to fulfill her greatest wish.

She didn't make it,

in less than 10 seconds everything collapsed. 

The plane, an ATR-72 twin-engine turboprop,

crashed in wooded terrain located on the banks of the Seti River,

which flows between the former domestic airport and Pokhra International Airport,

Only twenty minutes had passed since takeoff and the aircraft was

about to land

at the Pokhara airport, a very popular tourist center in that country.

On board were

72 people

, 4 crew members and 68 passengers, including an Argentine, five Indian citizens, four Russians, two Koreans, an Australian, an Irishman and a Frenchman, the airline spokesman said as soon as he knew about the accident.

So far, 68 bodies have been recovered and intensive work is underway to find the remaining four. 

Condolences from the authorities

As reported by the Nepalese authorities, this became the

worst plane crash

in that country in the last three decades.

On the fact, the

 Prime Minister of Nepal

, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, indicated that he was "deeply saddened by the sad and tragic accident."

For the authorities, this was the worst plane crash in the last three decades.

Photo: EFE/EPA

For his part, Jyotiraditya Scindia, the country

's Aviation Minister

, tweeted his condolences.

"The loss of life in a tragic plane crash in Nepal is extremely unfortunate. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the mourners," he posted.

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