Nepal tightens flight rules after fatal plane crash

Nepal tightens flight rules after fatal plane crash

The new provision applies to all flights following the Visual Flight Rules.


Nepal on Tuesday tightened flight permit rules for airlines by mandating clear weather throughout the route, after a preliminary investigation indicated that bad weather was the main cause of Sunday’s plane crash in the Himalayan mountainous Mustang district that killed 22 people. Board

So far, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Nepal’s aviation regulator, has allowed airlines to operate if the weather conditions at the source and destination airports are favorable. However, from now on, the weather conditions of the flight route will also be checked.

As Nepal is a mountainous country, the weather conditions are always fluctuating and it is difficult to operate flights in hilly areas without proper weather forecasting system.

The new provision applies to all flights following the Visual Flight Rules.

When submitting a flight plan, airlines are required to submit weather forecast information obtained from the Meteorological and Meteorological Department regarding the destination and route of the flight as per the notification issued by CAAN.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the Air Canada’s Canadian-built turboprop Twin Otter 9N-E aircraft crashed into a mountain after turning right instead of turning left due to inclement weather.

The Canadian-built turboprop Twin Otter 9N-ET crashed just minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara on Sunday, carrying four Indian, two German and 13 Nepali passengers, in addition to a three-member Nepali crew.

The government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Sumon to find out the cause of the plane crash, which killed 22 people, including four Indians and two Germans.

Nepal, a country often referred to as one of the most dangerous places in the world, has a rich record of plane crashes, partly due to its sudden climate change and mountainous terrain.

Unstable weather patterns are not the only problem in operating flights in Nepal. According to a 2019 CAAN security report, Nepal’s “unfavorable topography” and pilots are part of a “huge challenge”.

In 2016, a plane of the same airline flying on the same route crashed after takeoff, killing all 23 people on board.

In March 2018, a US-Bangla Air crash at Tribhuvan International Airport killed 51 passengers.

A Sita Air flight crashed during an emergency landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in September 2012, killing 19 people.

A plane en route from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed near Jomsom Airport on May 14, 2012, killing 15 people.

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