Russian vlogger Elena Banduro posted Go To Nepal on Instagram. 20 minutes later, she was dead.

In what is probably the worst airplane crash within the historical past of Nepal, 68 passengers and 72 crew members onboard the Yeti Airlines YT691 died on Sunday morning. The ATR 72 airplane, which was travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, crashed close to the Pokhara (*20*) Airport on Sunday. The plane crashed into the forested land on the banks of the Seti Gandaki river.

Among the lifeless, 15 individuals had been foreigners. That included 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 2 South Koreans, 1 Australian, 1 French and 1 Argentinian nationwide. One of these whose demise was first reported was 33-year-old Russian vlogger and traveller Elena Banduro. As destiny would have it, Elena, simply minutes earlier than the crash, had posted a photograph of herself on her Instagram account, with the caption, “GO TO NEPAL!”

Elena Banduro’s publish on Instagram earlier than her demise. Photo: Instagram

Elena was pregnant on the time of demise. Her sister Ksenia informed the Russian media outlet KP RU that the blogger had flown to Nepal to see her husband, Mirror reported.

What we find out about Elena: According to her Facebook bio, Elena was the top of social media advertising at a Russia-based firm.

Prior to this, she held the title of public relations specialist at a separate agency, along with her social media accounts stuffed along with her world journey adventures.

In October 2022, Elena had travelled to Caucasus Nature Reserve, a Russian nature sanctuary overlaying a mountainous part of Northwest Caucasus mountains.

She was in Nepal for one more journey.

A dialog along with her sister: A day previous to the tragedy, Elena additionally had a phrase along with her sister, Ksenia.

Ksenia stated that Elena shared along with her about boarding the Yeti airplane. “At 4.59 am (Moscow time), she wrote to me, ‘Good morning, in Nepal, 7.44 am. I go to the airport area, now I have a flight to the city of Pokhara’.”

“Good morning, in Nepal, 7.44 am. I go to the airport area, now I have a flight to the city of Pokhara.”

– Elena Banduro, in a textual content to her sister

She additionally stated that it was solely final week that Elena had informed her household about her being pregnant.

Her buddies, who heard the information of her demise, are left distraught.

Last publish on Instagram: On her Instagram account, her final publish is dated January 5. The caption, translated from Russian, reads, “Turn up the sound.”

Her Instagram has photographs and movies from locations from Kazakhstan, Crimea, to the Iturup island and Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka.

What the Russian authorities say: Earlier, the Russian ambassador to Nepal, Alexie Novikov confirmed the demise of 4 Russians on the airplane.

Along with Elena, three different Russians, Viktoria Altunina, Yuri Lugin and Viktor Lagin had been additionally on the Yeti Airlines flight.

Novikov stated that he was in fixed contact with the Nepalese authorities and would supply all the mandatory help to the family members of the lifeless Russians.

The worst airplane crash: Local residents who rushed to the spot to evacuate individuals from the crash website stated they could not achieve this due to the heavy smoke and fireplace.

“The flames were so hot that we couldn’t go near the wreckage. I heard a man crying for help but because the flames and smoke, we couldn’t help him,” Bishnu Tiwari, a localite who was on the website of the crash, stated.

It was additionally not clear what induced the airplane crash.

A website of the airplane crash. Photo: Reuters

No survivors: Out of the 72 individuals on the Yeti Airlines flight, authorities say it appears nobody made it out alive. 68 our bodies have been recovered to date and 4 are nonetheless lacking.

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