THE TRAGEDY a heartbreaking theft has occurred in Nepal. The Yeti Airlines plane crashed and burst into flames after hitting the ground hard in Pokhara region, Nepal on Sunday morning January 15, 2023.
The tragic incident killed 68 passengers and 4 crew members. It was the worst air disaster to hit the Himalayan nation in the past 30 years.
The aircraft used by Yeti Airlines on this flight was an ATR 72-500. Citing Yeti Airlines’ official website, the airline began its first commercial flight in September 1998 with a DHC6-300 Twin Otter aircraft from the Canadian manufacturer.
“Serving Nepal for more than two decades, we operate the ATR 72 in major cities in Nepal,” wrote Yeti Airlines, quoted. Okezone to website official.
Then in 2009, sister airline Tara Air was formed to take over short takeoff and landing (STOL) operations with a fleet of DHC6-300 and Dornier DO228 aircraft.
“Yeti Airlines has maintained its modern fleet of five ATR 72-500s operating in the non-STOL domestic sector in Nepal. The two airlines together continue to provide the largest flight route network in all of Nepal,” the airline said. management of Yeti Airlines.
Profile of the ATR 72-500
citation page atr-aircraft.comthe ATR 72-500 is the latest generation turboprop aircraft with the comfort and performance of the manufacturer Avions De Transport Régional (ATR), a joint venture between France and Italy.
This aircraft has a capacity of 72 passengers and is known as the best turboprop aircraft. Powered by the PW127 engine, which is also used to power the ATR 42-500, the ATR 72-500 offers exceptional short-field performance for an aircraft of this size.
The new modernized look, passenger cabin, ergonomic leather seats and quieter than regional jets are the main features that make it the most comfortable aircraft for regional operations.
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