Plane crash in Nepal The Australian victim Myron Love moved abroad with his soulmate before the flight
For Australian Myron Love and his soulmate Annabelle Bailey, 2023 was meant to be the year they ‘crossed the world’ and moved abroad together.
After spending the first few weeks of the new year cycling around Thailand with friends, 29-year-old Mr. Love to Nepal, where he planned to spend a few days exploring before meeting Ms. Bailey in Muscat, Oman, on January 20.
But their plans for the future fell apart when Mr. Love on January 15 from Kathmandu to the resort town of Pokhara crashed during landing, killing all 72 people on board.
Friend Nicole Kaminski said Mr Love had just attended a yoga retreat in Kathmandu and was just days away from reuniting with his “soulmate.”
“Myron was about to embark on a hiking and trail adventure,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page.
Myron Love and his partner Annabelle Bailey (pictured together) were about to move abroad together this year
“This should have been the year they [Mr Myron and Ms Bailey] been on an adventure around the world and lived abroad together.’
Ms. Kaminski said Mr. Love was an “energetic teacher” who was loved by all his colleagues and students.
She said his “greatest loves were his family and Annabelle, his salty dog friends, his lycra-clad cycling buddies and his incredibly large circle of friends.”
The “unfathomable” news came as a shock to many in their community, Ms Kaminski wrote, and his loved ones took comfort in seeing “how many hearts he has touched in his life.”
Myron will be remembered by those who knew him for his infectious energy, hilarious sense of humor, love of the ocean and surfing, tough bike rides, dressing up costumes, his love of Annabelle and for never wasting a minute of the day. she wrote.
“He was truly one of a kind.”
The fundraiser has surpassed the $15,000 goal and has raised $49,431 in the 24 hours since it started on Saturday.
The doomed ATR72 Yeti Airlines flight was approaching to land at Pokhara’s newly opened airport last Sunday when it plunged into a canyon.
Crowds gather at the crash site of a plane carrying 72 people in Pokhara in western Nepal
A photo posted to Instagram shows Mr Love enjoying a New Year’s trip to Thailand with friends
Mr. Love is known for his ‘infectious energy’ and ‘hilarious sense of humour’
Love was one of 15 non-Nepalese nationals on board the domestic flight, along with five Indians, four Russians, an Irishman, two South Koreans, a Frenchman and an Argentinian.
Mr Love’s latest photos posted online showed him celebrating the New Year in Thailand with a bunch of friends, cycling through the countryside and drinking beer at a bar in Chiang Mai.
On Tuesday, Mr. Love and Ms. Bailey’s family released a statement expressing their “deep gratitude” for the wonderful support of their inner circle in times of need.
“Myron has been a pillar of strength to both our families for many years and has always lived life to the fullest,” they said.
“He put so much into his short life that most of us can’t fit into our lives.
“We request that you allow us peace and privacy at this time so that we can grieve and process this tragedy.”
Pokhara, about 200 km west of Nepal’s capital, is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trekking trail in the Himalayas.
Nepalese authorities initially reported 68 people dead and four missing, raising hopes that some of the passengers were still alive – until further investigation confirmed there were no survivors.
Domestic carrier Yeti Airlines plane (pictured) was 15 years old, according to FlightRadar24, the flight tracking website
The horrific crash was the tiny Himalayan nation’s worst air disaster in three decades.
Plane accidents are not uncommon in Nepal due to the mountainous terrain, which can cause sudden weather changes and create dangerous conditions.
The country’s aviation industry is also plagued by poor safety due to inadequate training and maintenance, with the European Union banning all Nepalese airlines from its airspace over safety concerns.
Nepalese authorities have begun repatriating bodies and have sent the plane’s data recorder for analysis to France, where the headquarters of aircraft manufacturer ATR is located.
The crash is the deadliest in Nepal since March 2018, when a US-Bangla Dash 8 turboprop flight from Dhaka crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board, according to Aviation Safety Network.
In May 2022, all 22 people on board a plane operated by the Nepalese airline Tara Air – including 16 Nepalese, four Indians and two Germans – were killed when it crashed into a slope.
Rescuers gather at the scene of the deadly plane crash in Pokhara on Sunday