Co-pilot of plane that crashed in Nepal had lost husband in plane crash 16 years prior

Yeti Airlines ATR-72
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On Sunday, January 15th, 2023, Yeti Airlines flight 691 crashed in Nepal, resulting in the deaths of all 72 passengers and crew on board. The co-pilot of the flight, Anju Khatiwada, had been married to a man who had also been a co-pilot for Yeti Airlines and had died in a plane crash 16 years earlier.

In June 2006, Dipak Pokhrel had been co-piloting a Yeti Airlines Twin Otter prop plane that was carrying rice and food to the western town of Jumla when it crashed, killing all nine people on board.

In 2010 his wife, Anju Khatiwada, joined Yeti Airlines, following in the footsteps of her husband.

Anju Khatiwada was co-piloting Yeti Airlines flight 691 when it crashed into a gorge near the tourist town of Pokhara. The accident resulted in the loss of all 72 passengers and crew on board and is considered the country’s worst air disaster in 30 years.

A spokesperson for Yeti Airlines, Sudarshan Bartaula, told Reuters, that Anju had “got her pilot training with the money she got from the insurance after her husband’s death.”