Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 24 August 2010
Time:ca 07:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier 228-101
Operator:Agni Air
Registration: 9N-AHE
C/n / msn: 7032
First flight: 1984
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-5-252D
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Bastipur, Shikharpur VDC, Makwanpur District (   Nepal) show on map
Crash site elevation: 2743 m (8999 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Destination airport:Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA/VNLK), Nepal
Flightnumber: 101
Narrative:
A Dornier Do 228-101 passenger plane, 9N-AHE, was destroyed when it crashed hillside near Bastipur, Nepal. All fourteen on board were killed.
Agni Air flight AG-101 departed at 07:04 on a domestic flight from Kathmandu (KTM) to Lukla (LUA), Nepal. At 07:18, the flight crew received reports that
clouds were closing in on Lukla. It was decided to return to Kathmandu.
Two minutes later AG-101 acknowledged instructions to maintain an altitude of 12,000 ft and follow a 20-mile arc to the south to make an instrument approach to Kathmandu. Shortly afterwards the captain indicated a generator malfunction but did not declare an emergency. He was in contact with a company flight on the ground at Kathmandu and reported trying to switch to the backup generator. This did not work and he then tried to 'recycle' the battery pack.
A diversion to Simara Airport (VNSI) was impossible because that airport was closed because of bad weather.
The pilot attempted to fly a visual approach to Kathmandu runway 02. Last radar contact was at 07:25. The crash site is located at a hillside near Bastipur (Shikharpur VDC, Narayani Zone of Makwanpur District), about 18nm south-south-west of Kathmandu and at an altitude of 9,000 ft.


Sources:
» Hemant Arjyal
» 14 including six foreigners killed as Lukla-bound Agni Air plane crashes in Makwanpur (Nepalnews 24-8-2010)
» 14 dead as Agni Air plane crashes in Makawanpur (The Himalayan Times 24-8-2010)
» Hotel Echo's last minutes (Nepali Times)


Photos

photo of Dornier 228-101 9N-AHE
9N-AHE landing at Kathmandu on the day of the accident. The photo was taken by one of the Japanse passengers that took the accident flight.
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Map
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 Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport to Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport as the crow flies is 134 km (84 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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