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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
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Date:Wednesday 10 July 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Nepal Army Air Wing
Registration: RAN-26
C/n / msn: 843
First flight: 1988
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Surkhet Airport (SKH) (   Nepal)
Crash site elevation: 1768 m (5801 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Surkhet Airport (SKH/VNSK), Nepal
Destination airport:Jumla Airport (JUM/VNJL), Nepal
Narrative:
The DHC-6 Twin Otter was destroyed when it impacted wooded hillside at 5800 feet after takeoff from Surkhet, Nepal.

An analysis of the wreckage showed that the captain's altimeter was read 7,350ft at the time of the accident. A wrong pressure setting may have been used for the flight, causing false display of altitude.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» twinotterarchive.com


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Distance from Surkhet Airport to Jumla Airport as the crow flies is 93 km (58 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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