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Accident description
Last updated: 20 November 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 25 September 2011
Time:07:31
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900D
Operator:Buddha Air
Registration: 9N-AEK
C/n / msn: UE-295
First flight: 1997-11-01 (13 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) SSE of Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) (   Nepal)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Destination airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Flightnumber: 103
Narrative:
A Beechcraft 1900D passenger plane, operated by Buddha Air, struck terrain while on approach to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM), Nepal.
There were total of 16 tourists and 3 crew members on board. All were killed.
The weather was overcast with very low clouds on the approach. Flights were operating normally under VFR rules at the time of the accident. The Beech 1900 was on the base leg of the approach following an 'Everest Experience' sightseeing flight.
The accident location was a hill side near Kotdanda, approx. 5,5 km (3 NM) short of the runway 02 threshold and 5 km (2,7 NM) to the east of the extended centreline.

Sources:
» BBC
» Hemant Arjyal

METAR Weather report:
00:50 UTC / 06:35 local time:
VNKT 250050Z 00000KT 6000 -RA FEW010 SCT020 OVC100 20/19 Q1013

01:50 UTC / 07:35 local time:
VNKT 250150Z 00000KT 6000 FEW010 SCT025 OVC100 20/19 Q1014
Calm wind, Visibility: 6000 m; Few clouds, at 1000 feet; Scattered clouds at 2500 feet; Overcast sky at 10000 feet; Temperature: 20 degrees Celsius; Dewpoint: 19 degrees Celsius; QNH (Sea-level pressure): 1014 hPa


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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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Beech 1900

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