A cell phone video taken by a passenger on the Yeti Airlines plane whoappears to show the harrowing final moments of the flight.
Indian national Sonu Jaiswal, who was traveling with three friends, seemed happy and calm as he pointed his phone’s camera out the plane window and around the cabin. But after a sudden jolt, the camera shot becomes unstable. Within seconds, smoke obscures the view and there is a sense of chaos as people scream and the screen fills with flames. This seems to confirm that there was no warning indication before the accident.
Indian police have confirmed the identities of the passengers seen in the video, but the authenticity of the full video and everything it shows remained unclear on Monday.
The Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500 turboprop plane was flying from India to Nepal when it suddenly crashed on approach to a newly opened airport in the city of Pokhara. All 72 people on board the flight are believed to have been killed.
Yeti Airlines has confirmed that the– the so-called black boxes – were found on Monday, a day after the plane went down, which could help determine the cause of the crash.
Dhirendra Pratap Singh, an inspector with the police station in India’s Bersar, the town in which the four Indian crash victims lived, told CBS News’ Arshad Zargar that he had met with the families of the four men and confirmed their identity from video. .
It is unclear, however, how the video, which Singh says was shot by Jaiswal, made it onto social media on Monday, where it quickly spread. There have been reports that it was either live streamed on Facebook or found on a phone that somehow survived the crash.
Singh could not clarify that part of the story to CBS News and said he could not say if the video was edited in any way.
In the first part of the video, Jaiswal captured footage of the plane making what appeared to be a routine descent, with recognizable buildings and roads in Pokhara below.
A witness who recorded video of the plane descending from the ground said it looked like a normal landing until the plane turned sharply to the left.
“I saw this and was shocked,” Diwas Bohora told The Associated Press. “I thought that today everything will be over here after the crash, I will also be dead.”
He said the ground shook violently and flames erupted from the scene of the accident not far from where he was standing.
“Seeing this scene, I was scared,” he said.