CFIT Accident Beechcraft 1900D 9N-AEK, Sunday 25 September 2011
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Date:Sunday 25 September 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 1900D
Owner/operator:Buddha Air
Registration: 9N-AEK
MSN: UE-295
Year of manufacture:1997
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:8 km SSE of Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) -   Nepal
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT)
Destination airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A Beechcraft 1900D passenger plane, operated by Buddha Air, struck terrain while on approach to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM), Nepal.
There were total of 16 tourists and 3 crew members on board. All were killed.
The weather was overcast with very low clouds on the approach. Flights were operating normally under VFR rules at the time of the accident. The Beech 1900 was on the base leg of the approach following an 'Everest Experience' sightseeing flight.
The accident location was a hill side near Kotdanda, approx. 5,5 km (3 NM) short of the runway 02 threshold and 5 km (2,7 NM) to the east of the extended centreline.


00:50 UTC / 06:35 local time:
VNKT 250050Z 00000KT 6000 -RA FEW010 SCT020 OVC100 20/19 Q1013

01:50 UTC / 07:35 local time:
VNKT 250150Z 00000KT 6000 FEW010 SCT025 OVC100 20/19 Q1014
Calm wind, Visibility: 6000 m; Few clouds, at 1000 feet; Scattered clouds at 2500 feet; Overcast sky at 10000 feet; Temperature: 20 degrees Celsius; Dewpoint: 19 degrees Celsius; QNH (Sea-level pressure): 1014 hPa


Hemant Arjyal


  • 13th worst accident in 2011
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Krish Dulal; near Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM); September 2011; (CC:by-sa)

photo (c) Krish Dulal; near Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM); September 2011; (CC:by-sa)

photo (c) Aviation Safety Network

photo (c) Christian Hanuise; Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT); 26 April 2001

photo (c) Michael Fritz; Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT); 27 February 2008

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