Reading Simon's email, there are some rebuttable hypotheses in his statements:
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3.) Video presumably showing approach to the old airport. Will need to wait for professional forensic investigators to match the flight path with the video stream, after which this statement can be confirmed or refuted.
I don't think we need to wait, there's enough clearly visible landmarks on the path that the cabin video shows. I'm using the version of the video here: https://twitter.com/ncsukumar1/status/1 ... qngU6nDVxw
1. At 20s they're heading west and the distinctive hill of the Bhadrakali Temple is to their south.
2. They are banking and turning to the left
3. At 39s you can see the football stadium. The clay tennis courts are in the foreground with the cricket field next door. They are clearly heading south, and probably over the old airport.
4. A second or two later they pass the road crossing the Seti just to the south of the stadium
5. The crash site is in the creek of the Seti river close to the Pokhara Christian Graveyard (if your using Google Earth/Maps).
Edit: Created a rough map with the landmarks here https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZsmvJjf2W1bPejuq6
So Simon is wrong. The path shown in the Cabin Video is not consistent with an approach to the old Airport (way too high) but is consistent with a circling approach to Runway 12 (which is what they were planning) on the new airport when arriving from the East (which is where Kathmandu is).
According to Simon, the same witnesses that had the aircraft of final approach to Runway 22 of the old airport say "that the aircraft was already on a final approach in straight flight (not turning anymore) west of the old airport, crossed the old airport in a nearly perpendicular and straight wings level trajectory across the old runway"
I'm unable to find such eyewitness accounts. However, the guy who filmed the (undisputed) footage of the crash from the ground made this follow up video.https://youtu.be/WlUesjkNCnM
I don't speak Nepali, but per a post on another site, he points out that the Aircraft began it's turn to the east later than others that pass over his house. If that's true, it's another point this Simon is wrong on. In any case, whether or not the ending of the video is legit, or just spliced in for dramatic effect, the main body seems to be the crash flight, barring an incredible hoax.
I'd be interested to know from the pilots on here, given how long they headed South, and where the crash site is, could the have left the turn too late to line up on Runway 12? I did a line on the alignment of the runway it it more or less goes over the crash site. That was after an extremely sharp turn to the left. They were running late - perhaps keen to avoid another circuit?