Nepal would send the black box of Yeti Airlines, which crashed in Pokhara and killed all 72 people on board, including five Indians, to Singapore for examination, a senior official announced on Wednesday. 

Three members of the investigation panel would be flying soon to deliver the black box to Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, according to Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, a joint secretary at Nepal’s tourism ministry and a member of the air crash investigation committee. 

In response to rumours that the team would depart on Friday, Lamichhane stated, “Our team is heading towards Singapore in a couple of days carrying the black box,”

Nepal decided to take the black box to Singapore as the two countries have a memorandum of understanding to assist in the field of aviation.

“The examination of the black box in Singapore is free of cost,” Lamichhane was quoted as saying by The Kathmandu Post newspaper.

A flight data recorder (FDR) and a cockpit voice recorder are two different types of recording devices that are included in the black box (CVR). The last exchanges between the pilots and the aviation control room are likely to be revealed to the investigators. 

The ATR-72 aircraft carrying 53 Nepalese passengers, 15 foreign passengers, including 5 Indians, and four crew members went down in Pokhara on January 15 carrying all 72 occupants.  Health officials in Nepal reported on Tuesday that they had given 60 bodies—including those of 5 Indians—to the victims’ families.

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