A 29-year-old Sydney teacher named Myron Love has been identified as one of the many killed in the fatal airline crash in Nepal.
Love was amongst the 68 passengers and 4 crew members on board a Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which crashed into a gorge during a landing attempt. A spokesperson from Yeti Airlines has confirmed everyone on board was killed.
Of the 72 killed, 70 bodies have currently been recovered, with search efforts to continue on Tuesday morning.
Tributes from Love’s family and friends have poured in on social media.
“It is with extreme sadness to say we have lost one of the best humans I have ever known,” said Sydney artist and friend of Love’s, James Lesjak Atton.
“Myron was one of the loves of my life. A truly kind, fun, energetic man. We will forever love you, my man.”
Love’s family alongside the family of his partner, Anabelle Bailey also released a statement through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“We would like to express our deep gratitude for the amazing support shown to us by our family and friends in this time of need,” said the two families.
“Myron has been a rock to both of our families for many years and he has always lived his life to the fullest. He has put so much into his short life that most of us couldn’t fit into our lifetime.
“We do request at this time that you offer us peace and privacy for us to grieve, and deal with this tragedy.”
Prior to Love being identified, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took to Twitter to say that the Australian government was in contact with Nepalese officials.
Incredibly sad news out of Nepal of a plane crashing with many passengers on board.
The government is aware an Australian was on board and is urgently seeking information from Nepalese officials on the welfare of that passenger.
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) January 16, 2023
Investigations are currently underway into the cause of the incident, with Nepali authorities having found the aircraft’s black boxes.
The tragic event is the deadliest crash that Nepal has seen in just over 30 years, following a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A300 crashing in 1992, killing 167 people.
Nepal, thanks to its picturesque but difficult-to-navigate terrain, is a hot spot for air incidents with over 700 fatalities from air crashes in the country since 1992.
With the country being so mountainous, many runways are short and can only be used with turboprop-powered aircraft such as the ART 72 that crashed rather than large jet airliners.
Combined with an industry that is growing rapidly as air-travel becomes more affordable, infrastructure has not been able to keep up.