2000 Royal Nepal Airlines Twin Otter crash

On 27 July 2000, de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Royal Nepal Airlines crashed in Nepal en route from Bajhang Airport to Dhangadhi Airport on a domestic passenger flight. The wreckage of the aircraft, registration 9N-ABP, was found in Jogbuda, Dadeldhura District. All 22 passengers and the three crew aboard were killed in the crash. An investigation into the crash was launched by Nepalese authorities after the accident site was located.[1][3]

2000 Royal Nepal Airlines crash[1]
A Royal Nepal Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, similar to the aircraft involved in the accident
Date27 July 2000
SummaryCrashed into pine trees.
SiteJogbuda, Dadeldhura District, Nepal[2]
Aircraft typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
OperatorRoyal Nepal Airlines
Flight originBajhang Airport, Jayaprithvi, Bajhang, Nepal
DestinationDhangadhi Airport, Dhangadhi, Nepal

Aircraft edit

The aircraft involved in the crash was a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Royal Nepal Airlines. Its maiden flight was in 1979 with Royal Nepal Airlines, who bought the aircraft from manufacturer de Havilland Canada.[4] It was the eighth accident of this aircraft operated by Royal Nepal Airlines, however, it was the twelfth incident involving this type of aircraft in the aviation history of Nepal.[5][6]

Crew and Passengers edit

All occupants on board died in the crash; occupants included the three crew members and 22 passengers, of which three were small children. All occupants were Nepalis.[3]

Incident edit

The flight was scheduled for 30 minutes domestic flight from Bajhang Airport, where it left at 10:11 Nepal Standard Time for Dhangadhi Airport in Far-Western Nepal. The last radio contact was made at 10:31, just two minutes before the aircraft was expected to land in Dhangadhi. After a helicopter was deployed to the crash site, it was found that the aircraft had collided with trees on 4,300 feet Jarayakhali Hill of the Sivalik Hills in Jogbuda, Dadeldhura District, where it caught fire.[7]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Accident Record of Nepalese Registered Aeroplanes" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Nepal air crash kills 25". BBC News. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ "DHC-6 654". TWINOTTERARCHIVE. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Nepal air safety profile". Aviation Safety Newtwork. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Royal Nepal Airlines". Aviation Safety Newtwork. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Fixed wing involved in Fatal Air Crashes in Nepal Since 1955 to 2017". Aviation Nepal. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.