June 24, 2024
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Crashed Nepal Plane Was Earlier Owned By Now-Defunct Kingfisher Airlines

According to Cirium Fleets data, Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines previously utilised the Nepalese passenger plane that crashed on Sunday into a river canyon with 72 people aboard.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Yeti Airlines’ 9N-ANC ATR-72 plane crashed on the bank of the Seti River between the old airport and the new airport in Pokhara minutes before landing on Sunday at 10:33 a.m. from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

In Nepal’s deadliest aviation tragedies in more than three decades, officials anticipated the deaths of at least 68 passengers, including five Indians. The 9N-ANC aircraft was delivered to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines in 2007 according to Cirium Fleets data, which keeps track of the fleet, equipment, and cost of aircraft.

It was purchased by Thailand’s Nok Air six years later, then in 2019, it was sold to Yeti Airlines of Nepal, according to the statement. According to Cirium Fleets statistics, KF Turbo Leasing owned the aircraft, and Investec Bank served as the lessor. The unfortunate Yeti Airlines plane was also an ATR-72.

In Nepal’s troubled aviation history, it was the first time such a type had a mishap.
ATR, a joint venture between the Italian aviation giant Aeritalia and the French aerospace corporation Aerospatiale, developed the twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 short-haul regional airliner in France and Italy.

The word “72” comes from the number of passengers that can typically fit in the aircraft’s basic seating, which is 72. ATR-72 aircraft are now solely used by Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines in Nepal.

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