British ballet dancer among victims of Nepal plane crash

By Lisa James
17/01/2023
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A British man was among at least 68 people who died in a Yeti Airlines crash in Nepal on Sunday.

Officials in Nepal initially said Ruan Calum Crighton was from the Republic of Ireland, but the UK government has since confirmed he was British.

The Yeti Airlines aircraft, carrying 72 people on a short flight from Katmandu to Pokhara (pictured), crashed just before reaching its destination on Sunday morning.

The plane crashed on the banks of the Seti Gandaki river shortly before it was about to land at Pokhara airport.

Mr Crighton, from Brentwood, Essex was a talented British ballet dancer who died the day after his birthday, according to MailOnline.

He studied at the Central School of Ballet, London in 2005 before becoming a dancer with the Slovak National Theatre in Slovakia from 2008 to 2013, then went on to dance with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet company, according to his LinkedIn profile.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Nepal and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Nepal declared Monday as a day of mourning and Yeti Airlines has cancelled all flights.

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