The family of a Sydney man who died in a plane crash in Nepal says the 29-year-old lived the fullest life.
Myron William Love was one of the 74 people flying on the 27-minute Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport, which is being called Nepal's deadliest crash since 1992. At least 70 people on the flight have been confirmed dead.
The casual teacher from Bronte was an avid surfer, cyclist, photographer and traveller.
"He has put so much into his short life that most of us couldn't fit into our lifetime," the Love and Bailey families said in a statement. "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."
According to Daily Mail Australia his most recent social media show him spending New Year's in Thailand with friends, and cycling through the countryside.
Tributes flowing for loved Sydney adventurer
People have been sharing tributes online, including a friend and artist, who described Mr Love as "the best human".
"It is with extreme sadness to say we have lost one of the best humans I have ever known," James Lesjak-Atton said on Instagram in a now deleted post, ABC reports.
"Myron was one of the loves of my life, a truly kind, fun, energetic man. We will forever love you my man."
A member of a Heffron Park cycling group, which Mr Love belongs to, said their event on Tuesday will be cancelled in honour of him.
"It is with great sadness we have decided to cancel (tonight's) event racing following the tragic loss of much loved member of Heffron Park and Sydney cycling community Myron Love, in the Nepal plane crash," John Sunde said on the Facebook group. "Our thoughts and prayers to his mother Susanne, brother Jackson and partner Annabelle."
"There are no words. RIP Muz," one person commented.
"He will be sorely missed," another said.
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
Footage of Yeti Airlines crash
The cause of the crash remains unknown, with clear weather reported, but the plane's black boxes have been located.
Since the tragedy, vision has emerged of the moments before the plane crashed, showing the aircraft turning to its side in the air and disappearing from view. The plane is reported to have been snapped in half, with one part falling into the gorge of the Seti river and the other on the hillside.
Since the tragedy, shocking footage has emerged from an Indian passenger who is believed to have started a Facebook Live, moments before the plane crashed.
The video, circulating online, shows the man, identified by Indian media as Sonu Jaiswal, smiling and showing his view from the window, when suddenly there's turbulence, screams and fire, then the screen goes blank. The family has since confirmed Mr Jaiswal's death.
Hundreds went to inspect the aftermath and look for survivors, including the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and the Himalayan Rescue Association and firefighting services, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
As of Monday night, 69 bodies have been found and 41 identified, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
Updates on #9NANC Crash:
-Out of 72 onboard, 69 bodies retrieved & 41 identified
-Forensic team dispatched to Pokhara
-Aircraft’s FDR & CVR recovered
-Identified bodies being handed over to their next of kin in Pokhara
-MI 17 helicopter deployed to bring the bodies to Kathmandu
— Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (@hello_CAANepal) January 16, 2023
Aussie aviation expert speculates cause of crash
After the crash, Prime Minister Dahal called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss, and has since made Monday Nepal's national day of mourning. A government report detailing the circumstances of the crash is expected within 45 days.
An aviation expert has however told The Today Show the flight conditions in Nepal — which is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Everest — can cause plane's to stall.
"That terrain is very difficult to fly with very strong winds and high altitude," Ron Bartsch told the the show.
"The runways are some of the most challenging in the world. With an aircraft that low it's very unlikely coming into landing that there's going to be a mechanical failure. I'd suggest the aircraft has entered an aerodynamic stall."
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