At least 68 people were killed in a brutal flight accident in Nepal on January 15, 2022. The flight belonged to a two-decade-old Yeti Airlines from the country.
Nepal’s Yeti Airlines took to the skies with its first commercial flight more than two decades ago and currently has a fleet of six ATR planes. According to Flightradar24, a flight tracking website, the 15-year-old ATR 72-500 was outfitted with an old transponder. It also stated that the flight provided inaccurate data.
About the Airlines
The carrier flew its first commercial flight in September 1998. Besides stating that the data was inaccurate, Flightradar24 also stated that they are verifying the data quality for better results.
Yeti Airlines also have a sister company, known as Tara Air. It was established to take over the Short Take Off and Landing operations. Yeti Airlines’ websites claim that the two airlines “provide the largest network of flight routes throughout Nepal”.
The airline operates only ATR 72-500s and connects different parts of Nepal. The aircraft are 70-seaters, twin-engine turboprops powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW127.
As one visits the Yeti Airlines website, a message pops up telling about the cancellation of flights for January 16, 2022.
In mourning for the passengers who lost their lives in the accident of Yeti Airlines 9N ANC ATR 72 500, we would like to inform you that all regular flights of Yeti Airlines for 16th January 2023 have been cancelled. However, emergency and rescue flights will resume.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the notice said.