Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 16 February 2014
Time:ca 13:15
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:Nepal Airlines
Registration: 9N-ABB
C/n / msn: 302
First flight: 1971
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7 km (4.4 mls) NW of Sandhikhark (   Nepal) show on map
Crash site elevation: 2130 m (6988 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pokhara Airport (PKR/VNPK), Nepal
Destination airport:Jumla Airport (JUM/VNJL), Nepal
Flightnumber: 183
Narrative:
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Nepal Airlines was reported missing en route between Pokhara and Jumla, Nepal.
Flight RA-183 was a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Jumla with an en route stop at Pokhara. The airplane took off from Pokhara at 12:43. Last radio contact was at 13:13. The airplane did not arrive at the scheduled arrival time of 13:45.
The wreckage was located the following morning at an altitude of 7000 feet (2130 m). There were no surivors.


The Draft final report has determined the most probable cause of the accident as:
"Losing situational awareness on the part of PIC while flying into instrument meteorological weather condition to the extent of collision with terrain."
and the contributing factors to the occurrence are;
- Deteriorated weather associated with western disturbance, unstable in nature and embedded CB.
- Inappropriate and insufficient crew coordination while changing course of action.

Sources:
» ekantipur.com
» Nepali Times
» Hemant Arjyal


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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 Pokhara Airport to Jumla Airport as the crow flies is 213 km (133 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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