Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 22 August 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Shangri-La Air
Registration: 9N-AFR
C/n / msn: 762
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SE of Pokhara (   Nepal) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jomsom Airport (JMO/VNJS), Nepal
Destination airport:Pokhara Airport (PKR/VNPK), Nepal
Narrative:
The Twin Otter departed Jomsom at 09:41 for a 25-minute flight to Pokhara, carrying 15 tourists. The aircraft crashed against a hill which was under complete cloud cover following 3 days of continuous rains. Almost exactly four years ago (August 21, 1998) another Twin Otter crashed on the same route, also killing all 18 occupants.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Nepal News


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Distance from Jomsom Airport to Pokhara Airport as the crow flies is 69 km (43 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.
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