In the hours following Nepal’s deadliest plane crash in 30 years, a video went viral in India; one of the victims, Sonu Jaiswal, had live-streamed from the plane mere seconds before impact. He was one of four friends from Ghazipur, India, who visited Nepal and flew from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
In the video, the area surrounding Pokhara airport can be seen from the doomed aircraft, with the passengers unaware that their deaths were imminent. We believe that none of the 72 people on board survived.
In the video, a plane flies over honeycombed buildings in a sepia field, and then the cameraman turns and smiles.
He then flipped it over for the plane’s other passengers to see. Massive flames and smoke filled the screen within seconds as the cameras continued to record. The engine can also be heard screeching, followed by the sound of glass shattering and a scream before the video ends.
Friends and family of Sonu Jaiswal told reporters they viewed the video on his Facebook account and confirmed its veracity.
“Sonu was broadcasting live when the plane crashed near the Seti River in a canyon,” Jaiswal’s friend Mukesh Kashyap told reporters.
Shashikant Tiwari, a local journalist, told the BBC that Kashyap showed him the video on Jaiswal’s private Facebook profile. It is unknown how Jaiswal was able to access the internet on the plane. Former Nepalese representative Abhishek Pratap Shah told the Indian news channel NDTV that the mobile phone containing the video was recovered from the plane’s wreckage.
“It [the video clip] was provided to my friend by a police officer.” Mr. Shah told NDTV that it’s a genuine record.
Nepalese officials haven’t confirmed his story or said anything about the video, which could help them figure out what went wrong at work.