Vliegtuigongeval op 08 OCT 2008 met de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFE - Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:woensdag 8 oktober 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Yeti Airlines
Registratie: 9N-AFE
Constructienummer: 720
Bouwjaar: 1980
Aantal vlieguren:32925
Aantal vluchten:65041
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 16 / inzittenden: 16
Totaal:slachtoffers: 18 / inzittenden: 19
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA) (   Nepal)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Vliegveld van aankomst:Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA/VNLK), Nepal
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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photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-9N-AFE
photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-9N-AFE
accident date: 08-10-2008
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: 9N-AFE

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport en Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport bedraagt 134 km (84 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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