Yeti Airlines flight 691 crashed on the banks of the Seti River in the western city of Pokhara. The ATR-72 aircraft, with registration 9N-ANC, had departed Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT/KTM) and was attempting to land at Pokhara International Airport (VNPR) at the time of the crash. The flight was carrying four crew members and 68 passengers, including 15 foreign nationals, when the crash occurred. All 72 individuals on board have been confirmed dead. Flight operations at Pokhara International Airport were suspended after the accident but resumed later the same day. Nepal’s prime minister declared a National Day of Mourning on 16 January.
According to a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, preliminary reports suggest that a technical malfunction may have caused the crash. Weather conditions in Pokhara were reported to be fair. Investigators recovered the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the flight. The investigation is ongoing.