Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 25 May 2004
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:Yeti Airlines
Registration: 9N-AFD
C/n / msn: 651
First flight: 1979
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:W of Lukla (   Nepal) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Destination airport:Lukla Airport (LUA/VNLK), Nepal
Flightnumber: 117
Narrative:
Crashed into the Lamjura hill while on approach to Lukla. At that the time of the crash there was heavy cloud buildup over the 3,600 m Lamjura Pass which planes have to cross to get into Lukla. The Nepalese accident investigation committee concluded that the captain provided false information to the Area Control Centre by declaring that he was proceeding south of the track while proceeding along the direct track all the time.

Hazardous behaviour and attitudes of the captain like over-confidence, being care free, casual non-compliance of SOPS and violation of regulations had caused the accident, it was concluded said. The committee also raised questions on Yeti Airlines’ policy for flying in adverse weather, diverting philosophy, communications procedures, monitoring of flight crew, the company’s inability to initiate in-house investigations and execute corrective actions when required.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Gorkhapatra Sansthan
» Hemant Arjyal
» nepalnews.com
» Reuters


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Distance from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport to Lukla Airport as the crow flies is 134 km (84 miles).

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