(CNN) — A Facebook Live video circulated online in recent hours to show the last terrifying moments inside the cabin of Yeti Airlines Flight 691 before it crashed in Nepal on Sunday as search and recovery efforts continued on the ground around the crash.
The plane was on its way to Pokhara, the gateway for Himalayan tourism, from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. According to the airline’s spokesperson, there were 72 people on board the plane, including four crew members. Among the victims was a businesswoman of Argentine nationality.
All except one body recovered, the crash already the country’s deadliest air disaster in more than 30 years.
The video was reportedly broadcast live from inside the aircraft by passenger Sonu Jaiswal, and the footage is from shortly before the plane crashed. Shows an airplane window with a view of the wing as the aircraft turns sharply to the left.
At one point, apparently unaware of the impending danger, Jaiswal rotates the video in front of him, smiling amid background chatter and laughter. Several passengers can be heard having an animated conversation in a mixture of Hindi and Punjabi languages; A person says, “Look at that body of water, it’s very nice,” as an airplane passes over a lake.
The atmosphere inside the aircraft appears calm, with no emergency warnings from the pilots or airline crew. Seconds later, the video suddenly begins to shake, and screaming can be heard; The camera loses focus before the scene bursts into flames, showing only flashes of light and rumbling sounds.
CNN verified the authenticity of the video based on information from geolocation, flight manifests and Yeti Airlines’ website.
Jaiswal is listed as a passenger on the flight list, and the seat number listed for her on the airline’s website matches images taken from inside the aircraft.
Armaan Ansari, a close friend of Jaiswal in India, also confirmed that Jaiswal is in the video. He said he watched Jaiswal’s Facebook live stream during the flight.
“We looked at it. We looked at it for a few seconds and then it was cut off. We didn’t think much of it,” he said.
Arayaka Akhouri, the chief of Ghazipur district in India where Jaiswal lived, said she had spoken to Jaiswal’s parents and confirmed that he was on the plane and filmed the video.
However, a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said the video was not of Sunday’s crash. When pressed for more answers, he said he and his team have no technical evidence to support that claim. Instead, he pointed to passengers laughing at the first sign of turbulence before panic broke out, as evidence it couldn’t have been a Yeti Airlines flight.
Aviation analyst Mary Schiavo told CNN that the video could be useful in the investigation, adding that it may contain details that were not recorded by the plane’s black boxes. For example, the plane’s flap, which provides additional lift during landing, “doesn’t appear to be fully extended,” he said.
He said that what appeared to be the sound of an engine showed that he had “at least the power to (run) an engine.”
According to the Nepali police, efforts to search and recover the two missing people continued on Tuesday. Hours later, rescue teams in Nepal reported finding the body of one of the two remaining victims, according to a local official, bringing the total number of recovered bodies to 71.
Anil Shahi, deputy district head of Kaski district, said that the search is on for the last person who survived the accident. Meanwhile, district police chief Ajay KC said fog has made the task difficult and officials plan to use drones to trace the missing person once the weather improves.
Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is being investigated with the help of French investigators, who will arrive at the scene on Tuesday. Officials said the black box of the aircraft, which records flight data, was recovered on Monday and will be handed over to CAAN.
Aviation officials said on Tuesday that the pilot of the plane had asked air traffic controllers to change the runway minutes before the plane crashed.
CAAN spokesperson Jagannath Niroula said Pokhara airport has two runways for pilots to choose from at the time of landing and the pilot’s request has been accepted.
“When the Yeti Airlines pilot asked Tower if he could take another runway to land on, Tower approved the request,” he said. “Tower controllers didn’t ask why the pilot wanted to use a different runway than the original plan, because it’s not technically an issue of which runway the pilot wanted to land on,” Niraula told CNN.
It added that there was no distress alert from the pilot to the controllers at the Pokhara airport tower.
On Monday, in both Kathmandu and Pokhara, crowds held candle-lit processions for the victims of the crash.
Yeti Airlines said in a statement on Monday that at least 41 of the recovered bodies had been identified. Police said some of the bodies would be handed over to their families in Pokhara, while others, including those of foreign nationals, would be taken to Kathmandu on Tuesday.
According to CAAN, there were fifteen foreign nationals on board from India, Russia, South Korea, Australia, Ireland, Argentina and France.
Videos from Monday show families of victims in Pokhara waiting outside a hospital where autopsies are being carried out. According to police and airline officials, the post-mortem was delayed as a team of forensic experts did not reach Pokhara till Monday afternoon.
Some families have started reporting the loss of their loved ones. In a statement on Tuesday, the family of Australian victim Myron Love said the 29-year-old teacher was a keen cyclist who “lived life to the fullest”.
Cart rule Koirala contributed to this report.