Crash-aerien 08 OCT 2008 d'un de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFE - Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA)
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Statuts:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:mercredi 8 octobre 2008
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Compagnie:Yeti Airlines
Immatriculation: 9N-AFE
Numéro de série: 720
Année de Fabrication: 1980
Heures de vol:32925
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 16 / à bord: 16
Total:victimes: 18 / à bord: 19
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA) (   Népal)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 2859 m (9380 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Népal
Aéroport de destination:Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA/VNLK), Népal
Numéro de vol:YT101
The aircraft took off from Kathmandu Airport at 06:51 on a domestic flight to Lukla (LUA). Lukla Airport has a single runway, 06/24 which is situated at an elevation of 9380 feet. The 1600 feet long bitumen runway has an upslope of 11,75°. Runway 06 can only be used for landing.
Visibility was reported as poor as the Twin Otter came in to land. It contacted rocks near the runway, crashed and caught fire. The captain was the only survivor.

Probable Cause:

The probable primary cause was flight crew's misjudgment, based on the weather information from all the preceding aircraft and Lukla Information, to enter into cloud patch on final wherein the aircraft encountered the rapidly uplifting fog on short final resulting in control flight into terrain.
a) Failure on the part of regulatory body and company safety management to check the wrong practices being followed by pilots especially in STOL airfields like Lukla on a timely basis.
b) AFIS personnel on duty not being able to declare airport closure due to high workload, stress and landing of preceding three aircraft in similar marginal weather condition.
c) Operator's priority of economical aspect over safety such as their unequal treatments between pilots landing in adverse weather and diverters, creating a 'Must Land' situation.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: Nepalese Investigation Commission
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

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accident date: 08-10-2008
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: 9N-AFE

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport et Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport est de 134 km (84 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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