UP youth on the Nepalese plane were live on Facebook when it crashed
All four passengers were from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.
In the 1.3-minute live video on Facebook, one of them can be seen excitedly shouting “Mauj Kar Di” (it was fun) as the camera focuses on the city of Pokhara below.
The phone camera also rotates on one of them, Sonu Jaiswal (29). At 58 seconds, however, the video shows planes making a sharp left turn and then crashing and bursting into flames. As the phone’s camera continued to roll, for the next 30 seconds he caught a glimpse of towering flames surrounding it.
These four passengers of Baresar in Ghazipur were among the five Indians killed in the crash along with 68 other passengers.
Sonu Jaiswal, 29, Anil Rajbhar, 28, Vishal Sharma, 23, Abhishek Singh Kushwaha, 23, had landed in Kathmandu on January 13 and after performing puja at Pashupatinath Temple, they were on their way to Pokhara for paragliding.
On Sunday, a murky gloom descended over the villages in the Baresar and Nonahara areas of Ghazipur district to which the four belonged.
Sonu Jaiswal was a liquor merchant while Anil Rajbhar and Abhishek Kushwaha ran Jan Sewa centers in Zahoorabad and Alawalpur in Ghazipur.
Vishal Sharma was a finance officer in a two-wheeler agency.
It was Sonu’s FB profile where the video was live, confirmed by his cousin Rajat Jaiswal.
“Sonu was live on Facebook after boarding the flight to Pokhara. The live streaming showed Sonu and his companions were in a happy mood, but suddenly flames appear before the streaming stopped,” he said.
They were informed by the Ghazipur district magistrate’s office about the death of four men from the Nepal district in a plane crash.
SHO, Baresar, Devendra Pratap Singh said they confirmed the identity of the four and then he visited Anil Rajbhar’s house and met his father Ramdharas.
“Ramdharas told us that the four – Anil, Abhishek, Vishal and Sonu – left for Nepal on January 13 and planned to stay for a week,” Singh said.
Circle Officer, Kasimabad, Balram Singh said that he visited the home of the four youths along with the SDM and assured their families of full cooperation in returning their bodies.
Abhishek’s elder brother Abhinay said, “In the past three hours, we have received calls from the Nepalese and Indian embassies. We have been informed that bodies will reach Delhi on Monday morning.”
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