MANILA, Philippines – A passenger from the ill-fated Nepal plane was able to livestream their last seconds before the plane crashed on Sunday, January 15, 2023.
|Passenger Sonu Jaiswal records last seconds before the deadly plane crash | Screengrab: Twitter/ Dhyanendra Singh|
The video that has been widely shared online was taken by the passenger, named Sonu Jaiswal. It is believed that the passengers were unaware of their impending fate when the video was recorded. Jaiswal went on Facebook Live as their plane was about to land at Pokhara’s airport.
नेपाल प्लेन हादसे से पहले फेसबुक का लाइव वीडियो#NepalPlaneCrash pic.twitter.com/N7lyXS8HEV
— Dhyanendra Singh (@dhyanendraj) January 15, 2023
In the video footage, Jaiswal is seen showing the outside view from his window. You can see the plane’s wings and the mountains and rooftops of the city below.
At one point, seemingly unaware of the impending danger, Jaiswal turns the video to himself, smiling slightly amid chatter and laughter in the background. Several passengers can be heard conversing excitedly in a mix of Hindi and Punjabi; one person says, “Look at that body of water, it’s excellent,” as the plane passes by a lake.
Then suddenly, the video starts shaking as screaming and shouting are immediately heard. The camera lost focus but continued to record flashes of light and noise. Then there was a loud eruption of fire. The video continued to show raging fire and smoke until it finally ended.
Arman Ansari, a close friend of Jaiswal, confirmed that it was him on the video. They admitted seeing Jaiswal’s livestream but didn’t think much of it until the unfortunate news broke out.
“We were watching it. We had watched for just a few seconds and then it got cut. We did not think much about it,” he said.
Jaiswal was one of the 72 people who died aboard Yeti Airlines Flight 691, including four crew members. Nepal’s civil aviation authority reported that 37 men, 25 women, 3 children, and 3 infants were aboard the plane, and none of them survived. Their flight was from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Pokhara, a tourist gateway to the Himalayas. It’s been considered the deadliest air disaster in the country for more than 30 years.
The investigation is still ongoing for the cause of the crash. However, a spokesperson for Pokhara said that the pilot asked for a change of runway just minutes before it attempted to land. The permission was granted, although they didn’t ask why.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims of the plane crash.
I send my heartfelt condolences and most sincere sympathies to H.E. Pushpa Kamal Dahal Pranchanda @cmprachanda on the tragic crash of a passenger aircraft. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families & the people of Nepal 🇳🇵
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) January 16, 2023
— Sally, The Summit Express