Date & Time: Aug 24, 2010 at 0725 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Kathmandu - Lukla
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On approach to Lukla, the crew encountered poor weather conditions. Unable to locate the runway, he decided to divert to Simara Airport. Unfortunately, the visibility at Simara Airport was insufficient and the crew eventually decided to return to Kathmandu. While descending to runway 02, a generator failed. The crew did not declare an emergency, contacted his maintenance base and was unable to switch to the backup generator. Shortly after the crew elected to reset the battery system, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a rice paddy field. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 14 occupants were killed, among them 4 Americans, one British and one Japanese. The wreckage was found about 30 km southeast of Tribhuvan Airport.
Loss of control on approach following the failure of a generator for undetermined reasons.