Narrative:A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Nepal Airlines was reported missing en route between Pokhara and Jumla, Nepal.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||Sunday 16 February 2014|
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
|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)
|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|
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.
» Nepali Times
» Hemant Arjyal
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.