- At least 68 people died Sunday in a plane crash near Pokhara, Nepal.
- The victims include a Nepali folk singer, an Argentinian hotelier and a Russian travel blogger.
- Some of them posted on social media less than an hour before the fatal accident.
At least 68 passengers died in a plane crash Sunday in central Nepal, and information is beginning to emerge about who they were.
The flight, operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airlines, crashed near Pokhara airport around 10:50 a.m., Reuters reported. It was only supposed to last 30 minutes.
Four crew and 68 passengers were on board the ATR 72. Among the dead were a Nepalese folk singer, a Russian travel blogger and an Argentinian hotelier.
Nepalese folk singer Nira Chhantyal
Nira Chhantyal, the popular singer, was traveling to Pokhara to perform at an event on Monday, according to her Facebook page.
She had 125,100 followers on Tiktok, where she posted videos of herself singing, dancing and lip-syncing to Nepali songs.
She posted a festive greeting for the Nepalese festival of Maghe Sankranti on Facebook on Sunday, less than an hour before the crash.
On Saturday, Chhantyal posted a series of photos of herself singing and posing at a community event in Kathmandu. “Now we enjoy Pokhara tomorrow,” she wrote.
Russian travel blogger Elena Banduro
Elena Banduro, a 33-year-old travel blogger, posted a selfie of herself on a plane with the caption: “Go to Nepal!” before the plane crashed, according to British news site Metro.
She worked as a social media manager for a software company, according to her Facebook page. She documented her travels in Russia, Europe and Asia on her Instagram page and her blog.
Banduro was one of four Russians in the accident. Russia’s ambassador to Nepal, Alexei Novikov, confirmed that all four Russians had died, according to the state-run TASS news agency.
Argentinian hotelier Jannet Palavecino
Jannet Palavecino was the manager of Hotel Suizo in the city of Neuquen, according to her Facebook page. Her website described her as a fan of cycling, mountains, gardening and painting.
Palavecino was 57 years old, according to Argentinian newspaper Clarin.
The governor of Neuquen province, Omar Gutierrez, tweeted his condolences of Palavecino’s death on Sunday. “We will miss you and we will always keep you in our memory”, he wrote.
Neuquen’s local soccer club, Atletico Pacifico, wrote on Facebook that Palavecino was the sister of its former president, Omar Palavecino.
“From the football subcommittee, we send our condolences to Omar and the family and accompany them in this difficult time”, writes the club.