KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Nepal Airlines Corporation has repatriated the bodies of 18 Nepali nationals from Malaysia.

A family member mourns next to a coffin of a Nepalese migrant worker put on a vehicle at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  A total of 17 stranded dead bodies of Nepalese migrant workers were stuck in Malaysia due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. The workers died of various illnesses in Malaysia. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
A family member mourns next to a coffin of a Nepalese migrant worker put on a vehicle at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, January 23, 2021. A total of 17 stranded dead bodies of Nepalese migrant workers were stuck in Malaysia due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. The workers died of various illnesses in Malaysia. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
The national flag-carrier brought the bodies in its wide-body A330 aircraft. Eighteen bodies and the mortal remains of one Nepali were brought here today. NAC had brought home the bodies of Nepalis who passed away abroad as part of its corporate social responsibility. “Since NAC is a national flag-carrier, it should not only focus on profit. It is equally responsible and committed to fulfilling its social responsibility along with service and facilities to citizens,” NAC Co-spokesman Sulekh Mishra said. The bodies are of those Nepalis who had gone to Malaysia in the course of foreign employment and died there due to various causes. The NAC brought the bodies and the mortal remains in coordination with the Nepali Embassy in Malaysia. There are 37 more bodies of Nepalis that still need to be brought to Nepal, the NAC source said quoting the Nepali Embassy. NAC has stated that necessary preparations are being made to repatriate the remaining bodies as well. NAC has been operating regular flights to Kuala Lumpur with its narrow-body aircraft. It is using the wide-body aircraft only for the purpose of bringing the bodies of Nepalis. The wide-body plane has the capacity to carry 18 coffins.