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Crash of a Let 410UVP-E20 in Lukla: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 14, 2019 at 0910 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AMH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lukla - Kathmandu
MSN:
13 29 14
YOM:
2013
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The airplane was apparently carrying four passengers and a crew of three for Kathmandu. While taking off from runway 24, after a course of about 100 meters, the airplane veered off runway to the right and crashed on two parked Eurocopter AS350 registered 9N-ALC and 9N-ALK. The copilot of the Let 410 was killed as well as two people on the ground, among them a police officer. The pilot of the helicopter 9N-ALK was seriously injured and evacuated to hospital. All other occupants were treated for minor injuries.

Crash of a Let 410UVP-E20 in Lukla: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 27, 2017 at 1404 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AKY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Katmandou – Lukla
MSN:
14 29 17
YOM:
2014
Flight number:
GO409
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
On final approach to Lukla-Tenzing Hillary Airport while completing a cargo flight from Kathmandu, the twin engine aircraft hit the ground and crashed into a ravine adjacent to runway 06 threshold. The captain was killed while the copilot and the stewardess were injured. The aircraft was destroyed. At the time of the accident, the visibility was reduced due to foggy conditions. Summit Air is the new name given to ex-Goma Air. A day after the crash, the copilot died from his injuries.
Crew:
Paras Kumar Rai, pilot, †
Srijan Manandhar, copilot, †
Pragya Maharjan, stewardess.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Lukla: 18 killed

Date & Time: Oct 8, 2008 at 0731 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AFE
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kathmandu - Lukla
MSN:
720
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Captain / Total flying hours:
8185
Captain / Total hours on type:
7180.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
556
Copilot / Total hours on type:
341
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Kathmandu-Tribhuvan airport at 0651LT on a regular schedule flight to Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary airport. On final approach to runway 06 in bad weather conditions, the aircraft hit a rock and crashed near the runway threshold. The captain was the only survivor, all 18 other occupants were killed. Among the 19 occupants were 12 German citizens, 2 Australians and 5 Nepalese. On landing, the visibility was reduced due to fog and the aircraft was approaching too low.

Crash of a Dornier DO228-201 in Lukla

Date & Time: Jun 30, 2005 at 0735 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AEO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kathmandu - Lukla
MSN:
8010
YOM:
1983
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After landing at Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport, the twin engine aircraft skidded then veered off runway and came to rest in a dirt ground. All 12 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Lukla: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 25, 2004 at 1356 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AFD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kathmandu - Lukla
MSN:
651
YOM:
1979
Flight number:
YET117
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While descending to Lukla Airport from the south following a cargo flight from Kathmandu, the crew encountered poor visibility due to clouds when, at an altitude of 11,600 feet, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located near the Lamjura Pass, in the Solukhumbu district. The wreckage was found west of the airport and all three crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain. The following factors were identified:
- Hazardous behaviour and attitudes of the captain such as overconfidence,
- The crew failed to comply with the approach routes, following a direct track,
- The crew failed to follow SOP's,
- The operator's policy for flying in adverse weather were incomplete and not up to date,
- Lack of communication by the operator,
- The operator was unable to perform internal investigations and execute corrective actions when required.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter in Namche Bazar: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 19, 1998 at 1538 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ABK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kathmandu - Namche Bazar
MSN:
755
YOM:
1975
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
5762
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport on a positioning flight to Namche Bazar to pick up passengers. During the pre-flight briefing, he was informed about the good weather conditions along the route and at destination. But en route, these conditions deteriorated and upon arrival, clouds were present up to 3,600 metres. He made several circuits expecting weather improvement. Few minutes later, he saw a hole in the clouds and initiated a descent when the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Kongri Himal located 3 km north of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Harbin Yunsunji Y-12-II in Lukla

Date & Time: Sep 26, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ACI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lukla - Kathmandu
MSN:
0069
YOM:
1992
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport, at a speed of 85 knots, the nose gear collapsed. Out of control, the aircraft veered off runway and came to rest in a ditch. All 14 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the nose gear tyre burst after hitting stones coming from a pothole in the runway surface. This caused the nose gear to collapse.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Lukla

Date & Time: Jun 9, 1991 at 1010 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ABA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kathmandu - Lukla
MSN:
301
YOM:
1971
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While descending to Lukla Airport, weather conditions deteriorated and the captain decided to go-around and to follow a holding pattern. Few minutes later, as he thought weather conditions improved, he decided to attempt to land and initiated a second approach. On short final, the aircraft entered a layer of low clouds and the aircraft was not properly aligned when it struck the runway surface and bounced. Out of control, it veered off runway and came to rest in a ravine. All 17 occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Lukla

Date & Time: Oct 15, 1973
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ABG
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lukla - Kathmandu
MSN:
370
YOM:
1973
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while taking off from Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the airplane was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6 Porter in Lukla

Date & Time: Apr 30, 1967
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AAN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
350
YOM:
1961
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Lukla Airport runway 06, the single engine airplane went out of control, veered off runway, lost its undercarriage and came to rest against an earth mound. There were no casualties. The aircraft was repaired or partially repaired and never returned into service. The accident occured in April 1967 (exact date unknown).

Thanks to Claude Rouge who shared the photos from his father Frédy Rouge who was dispatched in Lukla in April 1967 to repair the aircraft.