Kingfisher Airlines, operated by Vijay Mallya, formerly owned the crashed Nepal jet

According to Cirium Fleets data, Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines previously utilised the Nepalese passenger plane that crashed into a river gorge on January 16 with 72 people on board.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Yeti Airlines’ 9N-ANC ATR-72 aircraft crashed on the bank of the Seti River between the old airport and the new airport in Pokhara just minutes before arrival on Sunday at 10:33 a.m. from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

In Nepal’s deadliest aviation tragedies in more than three decades, officials said that at least 68 people, including five Indians, died. The 9N-ANC aircraft was delivered to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines in 2007 according to Cirium Fleets data, which keeps track of the fleet, equipment, and cost of aircraft.

This news was written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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