Date & Time: Dec 15, 2010 at 1530 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AFX
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lamidanda - Kathmandou
MSN:
806
YOM:
1984
Country:
Nepal
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
19
Pax fatalities:
19
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
22
Captain / Total flying hours:
6700
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1100
Copilot / Total hours on type:
341
Circumstances:
Aircraft left Lamidanda at 1508LT bound to Kathmandu. Shortly after departure, crew was authorized to climb to 10,500 feet but ATC ask them to maintain 8,500 feet due to heavy traffic. Captain disagreed with this ATC instruction and continued to climb. Copilot asked the captain to accept the ATC proposal so finally, the captain authorized the copilot (who was the pilot in command) to descend to 8,500 feet despite the fact it was risky due to the mountainous terrain. Few minutes later, aircraft went trough the clouds when the right wing hit the ground. Aircraft crashed and was totally destroyed by impact forces. SAR were suspended due to the night and the first rescuers arrived on the scene the day after in early morning. On site, on the Palunge hill located near Okhaldhunga, rescuers did not find any survivor among the 22 occupants. IMC conditions prevailed at the time of the accident due to low visibility (cloudy conditions).
Causes:
The cause of the accident was the unwise decision taken by the crew to descend without taking the harsh mountain terrain into consideration.