Plane crashed before landing (72 dead): breakthrough in investigation, pilot’s mistake

One of the worst plane disasters in Nepal’s history now has at least a cause. Last January 15, 72 people (including two newborn babies) lost their lives when a plane traveling from Kathmandu to the tourist city of Pokhara crashed and caught fire. Yeti Airlines’ flight ended in tragedy one kilometer from the destination airport. A mystery, the causes of the accident remained a mystery for months. Until today.

The plane duly touched down at Pokhara Airport, Nepal’s second largest city and tourist hub under the Annapurna Mountain Range, at 10.50am on approach to the airport. The landing proceeded normally. The sky was clear. A video on social media showed the moments before the plane crashed: It flew low over a densely populated area and disappeared after turning sideways.

A lengthy investigation conducted by a commission of international experts appointed by the Kathmandu government concluded that the disaster was most likely caused by an improper power outage by the pilots. Movement that causes loss of thrust and leads to “aerodynamic stall”. The plane flew “uneventfully” until 49 seconds before hitting the ground. in that Reuters Aeronautical engineer Dipak Prasad Bastola, a member of the investigation commission, confirmed that in fact, one of the two pilots confused the levers, eventually touching the lever that turned off both engines and moved the engine instead of the other. flutters on the wings. A “surveillance” that is as ordinary as it is dramatic.

The flight crew also failed to promptly detect the problem and implement corrective measures. The report highlights lack of adequate technical training, high workload and stress, and failure to comply with standard operating procedures as other contributing factors to the accident. The aircraft had always been properly maintained, had no defects, and the cockpit crew was at least qualified in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. For years, the European Union has banned Nepali airlines from its airspace for security reasons.

Source: Today IT