Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nepal: Seven Persons, Including Two Japanese Tourists, Critically Injured in Nepal Air Crash

Seven persons, including two Japanese tourists, have been critically injured when the Twin Otter aircraft transporting them crashed near Jomsom in western Nepal earlier today (May 16).

The accident comes only a year after another commercial aircraft crashed in Jomsom when the aircraft crashed into a hill near the airport killing, 15 persons on board including 13 Indian tourists.

Thursday’s accident took place 20 minutes after the small aircraft belonging to Nepal Airlines carrying eight Japanese tourists, eleven Nepalis and three crew members took off from Pokhara Airport.

COMMENT: Local officials in Kathmandu said the aircraft crashed on the banks of the Kaligandaki River close to the airstrip, after the pilots lost control and the plane skidded while trying to land.

Seven of the victims who sustained critical injuries included the two pilots, the flight attendant and two Japanese tourists, all of whom have been flown to Pokhara in another aircraft for treatment.

Initial conclusions as to the cause of the crash has been attributed to windy conditions in Jomsom, according to an official at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Unfortunately, domestic commercial air disasters are very common in Nepal, most of which are located in mountainous terrain, heavily influenced by the lack of developed world avionics and ground navigational aids.

Fortunately, there are several options available for state-of-the-art charters in Nepal as well as externally, in both fixed-wing and helicopters.