The co-pilot in a fatal plane crash in Nepal lost her husband who was the pilot in another Yeti Airlines crash 16 years ago.
Anju Khativada, 44, was the co-pilot Sunday’s fateful flight from Kathmandu which crashed into a gorge in clear weather near Pokhara airport killing at least 70 people.
Ms. Khativade’s career in aviation was spurred by the death of her husband, Deepak Pokhrel, who died on a Yeti Airlines flight in 2006 that crashed minutes before landing.
So far, no survivors have been found among the 72 people on Sunday’s flight, which was Nepal’s deadliest plane crash in three decades.
Ms Khativada received her pilot training from insurance money she received after Mr Pokhrel’s death in the Yeti Airlines crash in the western city of Jumla, airline spokesman Sudarshan Bartaula said.
Her remains have not been identified, but it is feared that she is dead, he added.
Mr Bartuala said Ms Khativada had more than 6,400 flying hours and had previously flown the popular 27-minute tourist route from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
It is still unclear what caused the ATR-72 plane to crash, which is said to have rolled from side to side before plunging into a gorge near Pokhara airport and catching fire.
Rescuers are combing the rubble strewn down the 300-meter-deep gorge in search of the missing passengers.
On Monday, searchers found a recorder in the cockpit and the flight data recorder from the flight, both in good condition, a discovery likely to help investigators determine what caused the crash.
The official said there were small children among the passengers on the flight.
Ajay KC, a police official in Pokhara who is part of the rescue effort, said: “There were small children among the passengers. Some may have burned and died, and may not be discovered. We will continue to look for them. “
British Ruan Callum Crichton is among the victims of the accident and other victims from Nepal, India, Russia, South Korea, Argentina, Australia and France.
The flight was carrying 68 passengers, including 15 foreign nationals, as well as four crew members, Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said.
The body of the plane’s captain, Kamal KC, has been found and identified.
Television channels showed tearful relatives waiting for the bodies of their loved ones outside a hospital where autopsies are carried out in Pokhara.
The plane crash comes less than a year later in the Tara Air crash in which 22 people died.