2002 Shangri-La Air Twin Otter crash

On 22 August 2002, a Shangri-La Air DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed against a hill 5 kilometers south-east of Pokhara, which was completely clouded following three days of continuous rains.[1]

Shangri-La Air Twin Otter crash [1]
The aircraft, 9N-AFR, one year prior to the incident
Date22 August 2002
SummaryControlled flight into terrain
Site5 km south-east of Pokhara Airport, Pokhara, Nepal
Aircraft typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
OperatorShangri-La Air
Flight originJomsom Airport, Jomsom
DestinationPokhara Airport, Pokhara

Aircraft edit

The aircraft involved in the crash was a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Shangri-La Air. Its maiden flight was in 1981 with the LIAT of Antigua and Barbuda.[2]

Crew and Passengers edit

All occupants on board died in the crash; they included thirteen German citizens, one Briton and one American as well as three Nepalese crew members.[3]

Nationality Fatalities Total
Passengers Crew
Nepal 0 3 3
Germany 13 0 13
United States 1 0 1
United Kingdom 1 0 1
Total 15 3 18[3]

Incident edit

The flight operated as a tourist charter flight and was coming from Jomsom.[3] On approach to Pokhara, it crashed into a hill that was hidden in the clouds.[1]

The route out of Jomsom is considered as challenging for pilots, as they have to manoeuvre the aircraft through a deep gorge between Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri.[4]

By late afternoon on August 23, the wreckage was found near the village of Dopahar. The bodies were recovered and were flown to Kathmandu in army helicopters.[5]

Aftermath edit

As there were 13 German victims, Germany was particularly involved in the aftermath of the accident. Germany's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer offered his condolences to the families. The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) sent a team to Nepal to investigate the crash,[6] however, the plane was not fitted with a flight data recorder as this was not required under Nepal laws.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Registration Details For 9N-AFR (Shangri-La Air) DHC-6-300". PlaneLogger.com. May 30, 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Nepal plane crash kills 18". The Guardian. August 22, 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ "13 deutsche Touristen bei Flugzeugabsturz in Nepal getötet". Faz.net. FAZ. August 22, 2002. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "15 tourists killed as plane crashes into mountain". The Telegraph. August 22, 2002. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nepal tourist plane crash kills 18". CNN. August 22, 2002. Retrieved 25 September 2017.

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