Preliminary report on Simrik Air’s Sankhuwasabha accident cites flight operation error

Published On: February 20, 2024 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has prepared a preliminary report on the Sankhuwasabha accident of Simrik Air. The preliminary report prepared by the ministry mentions that there was an error in the flight operation.

"We have sent the preliminary report prepared a month ago to the Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation in France," said an official of the ministry.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, which is authorized to investigate air accidents, has allocated 60 days after preparing the initial report to collect feedback. 

According to the official, the ministry has been giving details along with suggestions to the concerned airline companies to prevent such accidents from happening again.

One person was killed on May 5 last year when a Simrik Air 9N-AZZ helicopter crashed in Bhotkhola-4 of Sankhuwasabha district. Local Babin Gurung died in the accident.

Four people aboard the helicopter were seriously injured in the accident. The helicopter met with the accident at Hammare Danda in Sikprung, Hatiya, Bhotkhola Rural Municipality-4, while on its way to deliver necessary construction materials to the Upper Arun Hydropower Project.


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