The recent Nepal plane crash of Yeti Airlines Flight YT-961 is the worst air incident in the Himalayan country in 30 years. It is also the third worst air accident in Nepal, with all 72 occupants presumed dead (some bodies were recovered; others are yet to be recovered).
The number of casualties included 10 foreign nationals and five Indians. This brings up the question of the sheer number of foreign nationals who have died in plane crashes in Nepal.
Nepal is a tourist hotspot for people around the world because it's home to the eight highest peaks including the mighty Mt Everest. And there is no doubt that when a plane tragically goes down, there are always some foreign nationals always on board.
So, we pulled up the data from the last 30 years, with the last crash dating back to 1992, also two of the deadliest ever, and this is what we found:
This is the number of total people who died in major plane crashes in Nepal since 1992, including the Pakistan International Airlines and Thai Airways International that took hundreds of lives.
Of these 591 casualties,
That makes up nearly 60% of air crash deaths. To be fair, most of the deaths were contributed to the two 1992 crashes of PIA and Thai Airways.
Some of these deaths also included Indians, but this data only included those incidents where there were considerable deaths of Indian nationals. Since Indians often travel to Nepal, other Indian national casualties were excluded.
*If we were to exclude the PIA and Thai Airways crash in 1992, then out of 311 total deaths, 135 were foreign nationals. Foreigners would make up around 44% of the total deaths going by this data.*
Here is the data on foreign casualties in Nepal:
What do travel advisories say about travelling to Nepal? We looked at UK's travel advisory for its citizens travelling to Nepal.
Flying in Nepal: Given Nepal's mountainous terrains, accessing several parts of the country, especially the treks and mountain peaks are difficult. It doesn't matter if it's by road or by air, there's always an element of risk involved given the unpredictable climate conditions.
But air travel is often preferred in Nepal as it's become quite affordable and saves a lot of time.