British man among dozens killed in Nepal plane crash | UK News
A British man was among dozens of people killed in a plane crash in Nepal on Sunday.
Nepalese officials initially said Ruan Calum Crighton was from the Republic of Ireland – but the British government later confirmed he was British.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Nepal and are in contact with local authorities.”
The ATR 72 aircraft, operated by Yeti Airlines, is carrying 72 people when it crashed on Sunday.
At least 68 people are confirmed dead in the crash, the worst in more than 30 years.
In addition to Mr. Crighton, there were victims from Nepal, India, Russia, South Korea, Argentina, Australia and France.
The aircraft black box and cockpit voice recorder Both were found in the rubble.
Investigators will use the data on the recorder to help them determine the cause of the plane crash.
Gaurav Gurung, a witness, said he saw the plane spinning wildly in the air after it started trying to land.
He saw the plane head to the left and then crash into the canyon.
“The plane caught fire after the crash. Smoke was everywhere,” Mr. Gurung said.
The plane crash comes less than a year after the Tara Air crash that killed 22 people.
Nepal declared Monday a day of national mourning.