Pilot of crashed Nepal plane reported no power in engines … – Reuters

A member of French investigating team investigates the wreckage of a Yeti Airlines operated aircraft, in Pokhara, Nepal January 18, 2023. REUTERS/Krishna Mani Baral/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights
KATHMANDU, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The pilot of a Yeti Airlines plane which crashed in Nepal killing 71 people said before the crash there was no power from the aircraft's engines, a preliminary investigation report said on Wednesday.
The plane crashed just before landing in the tourist city of Pokhra on Jan. 15 in one of Nepal's worst airplane accidents in 30 years.
There were 72 passengers on the twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines, including two infants, four crew members and 10 foreign nationals. Rescuers recovered 71 bodies, with one unaccounted person presumed to be dead.
The report said the pilot flying the aircraft handed over the control to the pilot monitoring before it crashed.
The information in the preliminary report may change as the investigation progresses, it said.
The panel has up to the end of February to submit its final report.
Earlier this month, the panel said an analysis of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder showed the propellers of both engines went into "feather in the base leg of descending."
Aviation expert K.B. Limbu said then that propellers going into feather meant there was "no thrust" in the engine, or that it did not produce any power.
Reporting by Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu, writing by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; editing by Jason Neely and Toby Chopra
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