Nepal, the co  pilot had lost her pilot husband in an accident in 2006

Nepal, the co pilot had lost her pilot husband in an accident in 2006

The co-pilot of the ill-fated plane that crashed in Nepal on Sunday had lost her husband, also a pilot, in a plane crash 16 years ago. The BBC explains that Anju Khatiwada was a pioneer as she was one of only six women employed as a pilot by Yeti Airlines and had flown almost 6,400 hours.

Anju Khatiwada was co-pilot of Yeti Airlines Flight 691 that crashed into a ravine near the resort town of Pokhara, killing all 72 people on board in Nepal’s worst air disaster in 30 years. Her husband, Dipak Pokhrel, was also a co-pilot on a Yeti Airlines flight before he died in an accident, and his death spurred Anju to pursue a career in aviation. Distraught at her loss, alone with her baby, Anju’s grief became her motivating force.

“She was a determined woman who stood up for her dreams and made her husband’s dreams come true,” said a family member. The husband was in the cockpit of a Twin Otter propeller plane carrying rice and groceries to the western city of Jumla when the plane crashed and burst into flames in June 2006, killing all nine on board.

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