Narrative:The aircraft climbed steeply to 450 feet (140 m) after takeoff. The Caravan then stalled, crashed in a left wing low attitude and caught fire.
|Date:||Monday 18 January 1999|
Cessna 208A Caravan I
|C/n / msn:|| 208-00235|
|First flight:|| 1993|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10|
|Total:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 12 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||Jumla Airport (JUM) ( Nepal)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Jumla Airport (JUM/VNJL), Nepal|
|Destination airport:||Nepalganj Airport (KEP/VNNG), Nepal|
The fire could not be extinguished because the fire fighting equipment was not available at the site. The mobile extinguisher that was present in Jumla Tower was still in packed condition.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was due to the pilot's failure to put the aircraft in take off configuration. It seems that in all probability, the crew failed to carry out take off check-list and rolled the aircraft with full flaps up position at the critical time, which in turn resulted in premature steep take off and consequently the aircraft was stalled at an altitude not enough for stall recovery for the aircraft."
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Jumla Airport to Nepalganj Airport as the crow flies is 139 km (87 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.