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Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Simikot: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 16, 2018 at 0645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AJU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Surkhet – Simikot
MSN:
208B-0770
YOM:
1999
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total hours on type:
414.00
Copilot / Total hours on type:
461
Aircraft flight hours:
15757
Aircraft flight cycles:
31540
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Surkhet Airport at 0612LT on a cargo flight to Simikot. At 0627LT, the crew made his last radio transmission with Nepalgunj Tower. About 18 minutes later, while cruising by night at an altitude of 12,800 feet, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located near the Simikot Pass, some 12 km from Simikot Airport. The airplane disintegrated on impact and both crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
The Commission determines the most probable cause of this accident was to continue the flight despite unfavorable weather conditions resulting inadvertent flight into instrument
meteorological conditions and there by deviating from the normal track due to loss of situational awareness that aggravated the spatial disorientation leading to CFIT accident. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Possible effect of hypoxia due to flight for prolonged period in high altitude without oxygen supplement,
- Ineffective safety management of the company which prevented the organization from identifying and correcting latent deficiencies in risk management and inadequacies in pilot training.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin otter at Simikot

Date & Time: Nov 28, 2017
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ABM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Simikot - Surkhet
MSN:
455
YOM:
1975
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was completing a flight from Simikot to Surkhet, carrying 13 police personnel who were returning after the elections, and three crew members. During takeoff roll, the airplane went out of control, veered off runway and eventually came to rest with its nose seriously bent. Both pilots and the steward were injured while all other occupants were evacuated safely. The aircraft was badly damaged. It is believed that a tire burst during takeoff.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec M28-05 Skytruck in Bajura: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 30, 2017 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NA-048
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Surkhet - Simikot
MSN:
AJE003-02
YOM:
2004
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from Surkhet to Simikot but was unable to land at Simikot due to high winds and diverted to Bajura Airstrip. Upon arrival, the twin engine aircraft missed the runway, crashed and came to rest upside down. The captain was killed while both other crew members were seriously injured.

Crash of a Dornier DO228-202K in Simikot

Date & Time: Jun 1, 2013 at 0714 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AHB
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nepālganj - Simikot
MSN:
8169
YOM:
1989
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Twin engine aircraft was performing a charter flight from Nepālganj to Simikot with two crew and five passengers on board. On approach to Simikot, ground fog and low visibility forced the crew to proceed with a go around. A second and a third attempt to land were also abandoned. Captain elected to land and descended through runway 28 but aircraft hit the ground short of runway threshold, lost its left main gear and came to rest on the right side of the runway with its left wing broken in two. The aircraft also suffered severe damage to its belly.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Simikot

Date & Time: May 27, 2013 at 1042 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AJU
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nepalganj - Simikot
MSN:
208B-0770
YOM:
1999
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After landing at Simikot Airport, the right tyre burst. Aircraft went out of control and veered off to the right before contacting a concrete drainage ditch. Righ main gear and nose were sheared off. While all 11 occupants were unhurt, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Simikot

Date & Time: Jun 20, 1991 at 1224 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ABS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nepalgunj - Simikot
MSN:
795
YOM:
1982
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Simikot Airport, the twin engine aircraft struck a tree and crashed 500 meters short of runway. Both pilots were injured.