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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 18 October 2011
Time:19:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2T Turbine Islander
Operator:Nepal Army Air Wing
Registration: RAN-49
C/n / msn: 2191
First flight: 1988
Engines: 2 Allison 250-B17C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Dhorpatan, Bowang ward 9, Baglung District (   Nepal)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nepalganj Airport (KEP/VNNG), Nepal
Destination airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Narrative:
A Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2T Turbine Islander of the Nepal Army Air Wing, performing an ambulance flight, crashed in a dense forest near Dhorpatan and caught fire. All six occupants didn't survive.

Sources:
» Six confirmed dead in NA plane crash
» Six feared dead in NA's Islander crash (The Himalayan Times, 18-10-2011)


Photos

photo of Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2T Turbine Islander PH-RPN
PH-RPN of the Dutch Police was sold to Britten-Norman as G-BNLN in 2003 and moved to Nepal as RAN-49 in August 2004.
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Nepalganj Airport to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport as the crow flies is 363 km (227 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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