Plane Crash in Nepal: The co-pilot lost her husband in a similar accident

  • Ragini Vadyanathan
  • BBC News – Pokhara

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Anju Khatiwada was among the 6 female pilots in her company

In a human tragedy, the co-pilot of the ill-fated flight that crashed in Nepal last Sunday died, joining her husband who died in a similar plane crash 16 years ago.

Anju Khatiwada was co-piloting Yeti Airlines Flight 691 when the plane plunged to the ground and crashed near the tourist city of Pokhara, killing everyone on board in the country’s worst air disaster in 30 years.

Ironically, her husband, Dipak Pokerel, was also co-piloting a Yeti Airlines flight when he died in a similar accident some 16 years ago. And it was his death that prompted Anjou to work in the field of aviation.

With Anju traumatized by the loss of her husband, who left her alone with their young child, her grief becomes her motivating force.

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