Among them, Sonu Jaiswal, a 32-year-old resident of Ghazipur, India, who recorded the flight’s approach from his seat, according to video verified by NBC News.

Jaiswal was traveling with his three friends, Anil Rajbhar, 25, Vishal Sharma, 27 and Abhishek Kushwaha, 26, according to a spokesman for the Ghazipur district judge’s office.

Cheering «it’s a good time» with his friends, he was trying to catch a glimpse of Pokhara from his window as the flight approached. Jaiswal, smiling as he took the footage, moved the camera around the apparently calm flight with no apparent signs of distress.

Moments later, the screams of terrified passengers can be heard briefly before flames engulf the screen.

NBC News could not immediately reach his family members for comment.

According to a separate video filmed by a witness on the ground and geolocated Per NBC News, the plane was flying low over a densely populated part of the city before making a sudden left turn and falling out of the sky.

It looked like a normal landing, said Diwas Bohara, who happened to be filming the plane for his YouTube channel.

“Suddenly the plane went silent and fell out of the sky,” he told NBC News. «I thought today was my last day,» Bohora said, adding that the entire area shook violently.

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Relatives of the victims mourn outside a hospital in Pokhara, Nepal, on Monday. Prakash Mathema / AFP – Getty Images

The co-pilot, Anju Khatiwada, 44, joined the airline in 2010 after her husband died in an accident while flying a small passenger plane four years earlier, a Yeti Airlines spokesman told Reuters. Khatiwada, which had more than 6,400 flight hours, had previously flown this route, the spokesperson said.

Nepal declared a national day of mourning on Monday and set up a panel to investigate the disaster and suggest measures to prevent such tragedies in the future.

The Himalayan country is home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, and has a long history of plane crashes.

But Sunday’s crash was the deadliest in Nepal since 1992, when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane died when it crashed into a hill while trying to land in Kathmandu.

Nearly 350 people have died since 2000 in plane or helicopter crashes in Nepal, where sudden weather changes can create dangerous conditions.

The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from flying to the 27-nation bloc since 2013, citing weak security standards. In 2017, the International Civil Aviation Organization cited improvements in Nepal’s aviation sector, but the EU continues to demand administrative reforms.

Associated Press, Reuters, Carina Cheng Y matthew mulligan contributed.