British ballet dancer died in Nepal plane crash after pilot accidentally pulled wrong levers – South Asia Time

British ballet dancer died in Nepal plane crash after pilot accidentally pulled wrong levers

 March 31, 2024  

London — In a devastating turn of events, a plane crash in Nepal in 2023 has been attributed to a pilot’s fatal mistake, leading to the loss of 72 lives, including that of a talented ballet dancer, Ruan Crighton.

Mr. Crighton, a 34-year-old from Brentwood, Essex, was among the passengers on board the ATR-72 aircraft as it tragically crashed into a gorge during its journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara International Airport in the Himalayan foothills.

During the inquest held at HM Coroner’s Court for North London, it was revealed that one of the pilots mistakenly altered the propeller angle instead of adjusting the wing flaps. This error, known as “feathering,” led to the plane losing thrust, resulting in a sharp descent towards the ground.

Eyewitnesses recounted seeing the aircraft “banking sharply” and then “sinking rapidly” before the crash occurred. Despite efforts by rescue teams, the crash site revealed the devastating aftermath of the accident.

Ruan Crighton, described as an “exceptional person” by North London area coroner Tony Murphy, was a professional ballet dancer who had toured Europe before transitioning to a career in physiotherapy. He had been residing in Nepal with his French girlfriend while undertaking a placement at a spinal injury clinic in Kathmandu.

Tragically, the crash occurred just a day after Mr. Crighton’s birthday, as he embarked on what was supposed to be a “well-earned trip into the mountains.” His loss has deeply affected his family and friends, leaving behind a void that can never be filled.

The Yeti Airlines aircraft, carrying 68 passengers and four crew members, was on its third trip of the day when the accident took place. The pilots reportedly experienced a loss of control, leading to the catastrophic outcome witnessed at Pokhara International Airport.

As the inquest concluded, it was determined that Mr. Crighton suffered fatal blunt force injuries during the crash. The tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the devastating consequences of human error in aviation.

Mr. Crighton’s memory lives on through the legacy of his remarkable talent and the lives he touched during his time on Earth. His family and friends mourn his loss, cherishing the memories of a cherished individual whose light continues to shine in their hearts.