Flashback to four years ago: this week in 2011 was a blow to the aviation industry in Nepal. Buddha Air, arguably the best airline in Nepal—both in terms of passenger safety and fleet type, went through its first-ever plane crash. On September 25, 2011, a Buddha Air mountain flight crashed into the hills of Lalitpur inside Kathmandu valley. The crash killed all 19 people on board (16 passengers and 3 crew).
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Buddha Air Flight 103
The mountain flight was operated by a Beechcraft 1900D plane capable of flying 19 passengers. The one-hour mountain fight ended prematurely due to low visibility conditions in the sightseeing region (Everest and other Himalaya range north east of Kathmandu).
On its final approach to Kathmandu, the plane was flying on VFR conditions when the plane hit a hill in Kotdanda, Lalitpur district. The incident was one of the worst aviation accidents in Nepal. Records in Aviation Safety Network show that it was the 9th worst accident in Nepal, and 6th worst accident in the world for the aircraft of its type.
Buddha Air is Still The Safest Airline in Nepal
This incident is the only crash history in the aviation history of Buddha Air. Buddha Air currently flies three ATR 72, three ATR 42 and two B1900″D” turboprop aircrafts.
Buddha Air now has its own state-of-the-art hangar inside Tribhuvan Int’l airport that can accommodate a narrow body jet aircraft like Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
— Buddha Air (@AirBuddha) September 17, 2015