Yeti Airlines crash: preliminary report suggests engine malfunction

The Yeti airlines plane flight, that crashed in Pokhara on January 15, could be due to engine malfunction, suggests the preliminary investigation report published on Wednesday.

The report stated that the propeller blades of the crashed Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500 were in the feathered position which caused the aircraft to lose thrust and fall, on a

According to experts, the feathered positions mean the propeller blades are rotated as the engine fails to produce the power needed to turn the blade but the plane is not being pushed forward.

As per the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), at 10:57:07, Captain Anju Khatiwada mentioned twice that the engines were not producing any power and at 10:57:32, the sound of impact was heard in the cockpit voice recorder.

Meanwhile, Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission also suggested that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to conduct a study at the airports of Pokhara – Pokhara domestic airport and newly-inaugurated international airport to determine the appropriate flight path.

As per the report, the Yeti Airlines plane, which claimed 72 lives, including that of four crew members, had operated two flights, Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu, that very morning.