Kathmandu, Nepal: On Sunday approximately 68 people were killed when a Nepalese plane comprising on board 72 people crashed into a river. There were also 5 Indians onboarded on the plane. The crash took place at Pokhara’s resort city in central Nepal at the time of landing at the newly-opened airport.
As per the CAAN, or Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the 9N-ANC ATR-72, Yeti Airlines’ aircraft started its journey from Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu at 10:33 am. Several minutes before landing, between the new airport and the old airport at the bank of the Seti River, the same aircraft crashed.
It should be essentially noted that the country consists of a highly challenging topography with huge amounts of remote and small airports.
According to aviation authorities, Nepal does not possess the necessary infrastructure for reliable weather predictions, particularly in isolated locations with difficult hilly terrain where tragic incidents have previously occurred. In the mountains, the weather can sometimes change suddenly, making it dangerous to fly.
Past Aircraft Crash Incidents in Nepal
There have been several aviation crashes in the country over the past ten years. Some of the notable crash incidents include- at Tribhuvan International Airport, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 crashed on 2018, March 12. 20 individuals were injured and 51 people were died. A Boeing 747-400F, Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed and died all the crew members who were present in the cargo on 2016, February 27. Sita Air Dornier Do228 aircraft which carried 22 passengers, crashed, killing all three crew members in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The claim that Nepal has the worst record of aircraft accidents in the nation throughout this time, however, is untrue. Many other nations had greater rates of aircraft crashes or occurrences throughout this time, according to data first from Aviation Security Network. Therefore, it is unfair to generalize just the safety and reliability of any nation because it relies on a variety of elements and it is crucial to assess each one separately.