Tara Air’s Latest Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Crashes, All 23 Dead

February 24, 2016 – Pokhara

Tara Air’s flight 193 flying from Pokhara to Jomsom has crashed into a hill, a few minutes after takeoff. All 23 people on board have died. The flight was the only Tara Air flight operating out of Pokhara to Jomsom today.

The aircraft that crashed, seen here with registration at the time of delivery

The aircraft that crashed, seen here with Canadian registration C-GUVT at the time of delivery

Here’s what we know so far about the Tara Air crash:

Flight

  • Took off from Pokhara at 7:50 AM
  • ETA at Jomsom: 8:10 AM
  • Went out of contact 10 minutes into the flight, over Ghorepani
  • Found crashed at 1:25 PM in Soli Ghoptebhir, Myagdi district
  • Crash site about 40 nautical miles from Pokhara
Flight Chart from Pokhara to Jomsom

Flight Chart from Pokhara to Jomsom

Photo Source: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal

Passengers and Crew

  • All 20 passengers and 3 crew members killed
  • 2 foreign nationals and 2 infants
  • The pilot had over 40 years of flying STOL aircraft in Nepal

The Aircraft Involved

Two planes 9N-AKL and 9N-AHH were purchased in 2015

Two planes 9N-AKL and 9N-AHH were purchased by Tara Air in 2015

Photo Source: Tara Air

 

  • Canada-made Viking DHC-6 400 Series STOL aircraft
  • Tara Air’s newest addition to the fleet; registered 9N-AHH
  • Introduced in September/October 2015
  • Had less than 300 hours of total flight time
  • According to Tara Air’s press release, the Series 400 boasts cutting edge avionics technology with an integrated full glass cockpit that features the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and a full-colour Weather Radar.
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