According to a preliminary investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), bad weather caused the crash of a Tara Air plane in Nepal’s mountainous Mustang district on Sunday, with 22 people on board, including four Indians. Were also included.
The Canadian-made turboprop Twin Otter 9N-AET went missing on Sunday morning, minutes after taking off from the mountainous city of Pokhara in Nepal. 42 years and two months ago, on April 21, 1979, the first flight took off with three Indian crew members, four Indian, two German and 13 Nepali passengers on board.
The government has formed a five-member commission of inquiry headed by senior aeronautical engineer Ratish Chandra Lal Saman to find out the cause of the Tara Air plane crash, officials said.
CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari said during a meeting of the International Committee of Parliament on Monday that a preliminary investigation had revealed that the plane had crashed into the mountains after turning right instead of turning left due to bad weather.
The wreckage of the plane was found on Monday morning at Sanosre Rock of Thasang Rural Municipality-2 in Mustang District. The crash site is located eight nautical miles from Jomsom Airport. Rescue workers have so far recovered 20 bodies from the wreckage.
The aircraft was first purchased by Air Botswana in 1979. The aircraft later entered Nepal in 1998 under its new operator Lumbini Airways but was purchased by Yeti Airlines in 1999.
The plane had been flying Tara Air since April 2010. My Republic News website reported. Experts say that the effect of bad weather is the main reason for the accident. Former CAAN director general Raj Kumar Chhatri said the age of the plane was not a factor in the crash.
Bad weather on Sunday could be the cause of the accident, he said. However, the cause of this catastrophic accident will be known after the completion of the investigation.
“Our topography consists mostly of high hills and mountains, with the constant changing and weather patterns making it difficult for planes to move around high altitudes and in low visibility,” Chhatri told Republica.
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