Who is Ruan Crighton? British ballet dancer dies one day after his 34th birthday in Nepal plane crash

Who is Ruan Crighton? British ballet dancer dies one day after his 34th birthday in Nepal plane crash

A talented British ballet dancer died in the Nepal plane crash just one day after his 34th birthday.

Ruan Crighton, from Brentwood, Essex, was listed as the 12th passenger on the doomed Yeti Airlines ATR72 flight that crashed into a gauge and caught fire as it approached the central city of Pokhara on Sunday.

The passenger, who has been named as Ruan Crighton, was on board the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 flight when it crashed into gorge near the city of Pokhara on Sunday
The passenger, who has been named as Ruan Crighton, was on board the Yeti Airlines ATR 72 flight when it crashed into gorge near the city of Pokhara on Sunday

It comes as the rescue team searching the wreckage declared that the chances of finding any survivors among the plane’s 72 passengers are now nil.

Mr Crighton was initially reported to be from Ireland, but the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday that he was a British national traveling with a British passport.

Mr Crighton, a British national, died in Nepal, according to the UK Foreign Office, and his family is being assisted by specialist officers.

Mr Crighton died on January 14, just one day after celebrating his 34th birthday.

His death has been met with deep sadness throughout Europe’s ballet community.

Hopes of finding any survivors after a plane with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal are now 'nil', a senior local official said on Monday. Pictured: Rescuers scour the crash site in Pokhara on Monday
Hopes of finding any survivors after a plane with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal are now ‘nil’, a senior local official said on Monday. Pictured: Rescuers scour the crash site in Pokhara on Monday

Mr. Crighton began his ballet career at the Central School of Ballet in London in 2005 before moving on to the Slovak National Theatre in Slovakia from 2008 to 2013.

He then worked as a valued member of the prestigious Finnish National Opera and Ballet company in Finland before enrolling at the European School of Physiotherapy in Amsterdam. He was scheduled to graduate the following year.

Pictured: Mr Crighton competing in the Helsinki International Ballet competition Final in 2016
Pictured: Mr Crighton competing in the Helsinki International Ballet competition Final in 2016

A friend and fellow dancer at the Slovak National Theatre told the Irish Daily Mail that his death devastated him.

‘I got the info yesterday, but i was hoping it wasn’t him,’ he said.

‘Ruan was one of my best friends. We dance together on stage for years… I’m devastated. It is very hard to say something about [him] right now. But first he was a sunshine.’

A rescue team recovers the body of a victim from the site of the plane crash of a Yeti Airlines operated aircraft, in Pokhara, Nepal, on Monday
A rescue team recovers the body of a victim from the site of the plane crash of a Yeti Airlines operated aircraft, in Pokhara, Nepal, on Monday

Johanna Järventaus, Communications Director of Finnish National Opera and Ballet, said she was aware of the tragedy.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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