Nepal has sent the black box of the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed in Pokhara to Singapore for testing. 72 people lost their lives in the accident.

Buddhi Sagar Lamichane, joint secretary of Nepal’s tourism ministry and member of the air crash investigation committee, said the three members of the investigation panel will soon hand over the black box to Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, news agency PTI reported.

He also said, ‘Our team is going to Singapore in a few days with the black box.’

Nepal decided to take the black box to Singapore as the two countries have a memorandum of understanding to facilitate air travel.

“Black box testing is free in Singapore,” the Kathmandu Post quoted Lamichne as saying.

The black box contains two types of recording devices – a flight data recorder (FDR) and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR). This could possibly give investigators an insight into the last conversation between the pilot and the flight control room.

On January 15, the plane crashed into a river gorge in Pokhara, killing 72 people. Among them were 53 from Nepal, 15 foreign nationals including 5 from India and four crew members.

On Tuesday, Nepalese health officials said they had handed over 60 bodies, including five Indians, to relatives of the victims.

(January 25)