FIRST NEPAL PLANE CRASH VICTIM NAMED AS BLOGGER WHOSE FINAL POST WAS SELFIE IN HER SEAT ATR 72
THE FIRST VICTIM OF THE DEVASTATING NEPAL PLANE CRASH HAS BEEN PICTURED !
Moscow travel blogger Elena Banduro, 33-years-old uploaded an excited post about her trip just moments before the tragic flight came down as it approached Pokhara International Airport in the South Asian country on January 15, 2023.
Taking an image of herself on the plane, she captioned it wit " GO TO NEPAL " in English.
Her social media was that day full of messages of condolences, and she was described as " THE BRIGHTEST, KINDEST SOULD WE KNEW ".
The tragic blogger worked as a social media manager and travelled widely.
Three other Russians died on the flight, named as Viktoria Altunina, Yuri Lugin and Viktor Lagin.
" Unfortunately, four citizens of the Russian Federation died," he said.
" We are in constant contact with the Nepalese authorities and will provide all necessary assistance to the relatives of the dead Russians.
A total of 15 foreigners were among the 72 on board the stricken aircraft, including five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans and one each from Argentina and France.
The passenger list included an Irish citizen, as well as an Australian.
Earlier morning on January 15, 2023 a distressing video showed the moment the plane lost control in mid-air just seconds before it crashed.
The low-flying plane ATR-72 twin engine turboprop plane en route from Kathmandu to Pokhara was seen on the video lurching to the right and apparently overturning as in hit the ground:
The footage filmed from a terrace including the noise of the moment of impact after the aircraft came down behind the building.
There was an explosion and huge flames at the crash site.
Thick some rose from the wreckage.
Reports said the aircraft crashed into forested land on the banks of the Seti Gandaki River.
It is believed there were 68 passengers and four crew on board the flight.
Dozens of corpses were pulled out of the wreckage.
" We expect to recover more bodies, " said army spokesman Krishna Bhandari.
" The plane has broken into pieces."
Flying conditions appeared good at the time the plane came down.
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