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Briton named among passengers after plane crash in Nepal

A Briton has been identified as a passenger on the plane involved in a fatal crash in Nepal on Sunday.

Nepalese authorities previously described the passenger as Irish, but the man has since been named Ruan Calum Crighton, a British national.

His name was among those of passengers published by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, where his nationality was listed as Irish.

It is understood he was traveling on a British passport.

A spokesperson for the Irish Foreign Office said: ‘The Foreign Office can confirm that a person listed in the reports as Irish is a British national.

“The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provides consular support.

“Our deepest condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragic plane crash.”

An FCDO spokesperson said: ‘We are supporting the family of a Briton who died in Nepal and are in contact with the local authorities.

The wreckage of the airliner

(AP)

Authorities said 72 people were on board the Yeti Airlines flight from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara, with the death toll rising to 70 on Monday.

Fifteen foreign nationals were on board, according to Nepalese aviation authorities.

It is unclear what caused the crash, Nepal’s worst air crash in three decades.

The pilot of the Yeti Airlines plane had asked the airport to change runways minutes before his plane plunged into a deep gorge, a Pokhara airport spokesman said.

Anup Joshi said the pilot reported ‘nothing untoward’ to air traffic control and asked to switch from runway 3 to runway 1, adding that weather conditions were good for a safe landing this that day.

A senior administrative official in Nepal has said hopes of finding survivors are “zero” as rescuers continue to search for four missing people at the crash site.

Rescuers battled cloudy weather and poor visibility on Monday as they scoured a river gorge in search of missing passengers, more than 24 hours after the crash.

Two more bodies were found on Monday, bringing the death toll to 70, said Navin Acharya, an official with the Kathmandu airport rescue coordination center.

A view shows the Yeti Airlines plane before a crash, in Pokhara, Nepal

(Reuters)

The search for the other two missing people was called off at nightfall and will resume on Tuesday.

The flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder were recovered from the site on Monday.

Data from the recorders could help investigators determine what caused the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 plane, carrying 72 people, to crash on a clear day on Sunday just before landing in the tourist town of Pokhara.

Both recorders were in good condition and will be sent for analysis based on the manufacturer’s recommendation, Teknath Sitaula, an official at Kathmandu airport, told Reuters.


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