Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tara Air DHC-6 Twin Otter crash in Nepal

by B. N. Sullivan

A Tara Air DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed in Nepal on December 15, 2010. At the time of the accident, the aircraft (registration 9N-AFX) was en route from Lamidanda, Nepal to Kathmandu. A crew of three and 19 passengers were on board.

According to press reports, radio contact with air traffic control was lost shortly after the aircraft took off from Lamidanda. A rescue helicopter crew reportedly discovered what is believed to be the wreckage of the Twin Otter on a forested hillside in eastern Nepal. The AFP news service quoted a local official who said, "The aircraft smashed into pieces on impact and there are unlikely to be any survivors."

Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Air.