Yeti AT72 at Pokhara on Jan 15th 2023, lost height on final approach

Last Update: January 31, 2023 / 17:37:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 15, 2023

Classification
Crash

Flight number
YT-691

Destination
Pokhara, Nepal

Aircraft Registration
9N-ANC

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-72-200

ICAO Type Designator
AT72

A Yeti Airlines Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration 9N-ANC performing flight YT-691 from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Nepal) with 68 passengers and 4 crew, was on final approach to Pokhara's International Airport's runway 12 when the aircraft stalled, impacted ground between the old Pokhara and the new Pokhara International Airport, fell into a ravine and burst into flames about 1.12nm ahead of the runway threshold at about 11:05L (05:20Z). 71 bodies have so far been recovered from the crash site, one person is still missing.

A Rescue Operation was in progress.

Nepal's CAA (CAAN) reported the aircraft carried 65 passengers and 4 crew, amongst them 53 Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, four Irish, two Koreans, an Argentinian and a French and published a manifest with the names (Editorial comment: ? this does not add up with 69 people on board). Later the day the CAA corrected their previously corrected version (from 68+4 to 65+4) again to 68 passengers and 4 crew. There were 53 Nepalese, 5 Indian, 4 Russian, 2 Korean, 1 Australian, 1 Argentinian, 1 Irish and 1 French citizen plus the crew on board. 68 bodies were recovered from the crash site.

On Jan 16th 2023 the CAAN reported (correcting their earlier statement) 66 bodies were recovered so far. In the afternoon local Nepal time the CAAN added, that 69 bodies have been recovered, 41 have been identified so far.

On Jan 17th 2023 the CAAN reported that 70 of the 72 bodies have been recovered. 41 bodies have already been identified, 22 have been handed to their families.

On Jan 18th 2023 the CAAN reported that 71 of the 72 bodies have been recovered. The FDR and CVR have been handed to the investigation commission, that is being supported by foreign investigators (BEA, ATR, EASA) who travelled to Pokhara this Wednesday Jan 18th 2023.

On Jan 31st 2023 the Canadian TSB reported they have assigned an accredited representative to participate in the investigation and stated: "The TSB’s accredited representative, along with a technical advisor from Pratt & Whitney Canada, will coordinate the exchange of technical and safety information regarding the engines, which were designed and manufactured in Canada, and assist Nepal with the investigation. The accredited representative will also travel to Singapore to attend the download of the flight recorders, which is set to take place on 28 January 2023."

By Jan 31st 2023 Medical Services report that it is still unclear how many bodies were recovered from the crash site, they have results that may indicate more bodies than known so far have been recovered, only after the DNA analysis is completed there will be certainty. In the meantime Nepal's army using sniffer dogs are still searching for the missing remains.

Nepal Rescue Coordination Center (NRCC) in Kathmandu reported 68 bodies were recovered so far. The search for remaining 4 occupants is still on going. The search was interrupted during the night from 15 to 16th January.

On Jan 16th 2023 the NRCC reported the flight data recorder has been recovered from the crash site and been forwarded to the Nepalese army which is going to hand the blackbox over to the investigation team. 35 of the 66 bodies have been identified so far.

On Jan 17th 2023 the NRCC reported both flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered (the airline confirms this, however, there is no confirmation from the CAAN yet).

Nepal's government assigned an accident investigation commission. The French BEA is going to participate in the investigation.

Pokhara's new International Airport was opened on Jan 1st 2023 to replace the old domestic Airport.

Approximate position of the crash site: N28.1977 E83.9850
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 15, 2023

Classification
Crash

Flight number
YT-691

Destination
Pokhara, Nepal

Aircraft Registration
9N-ANC

Aircraft Type
ATR ATR-72-200

ICAO Type Designator
AT72

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