CFIT Accident Dornier 228-101 9N-AHE, Tuesday 24 August 2010
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Date:Tuesday 24 August 2010
Time:07:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dornier 228-101
Owner/operator:Agni Air
Registration: 9N-AHE
MSN: 7032
Year of manufacture:1984
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-5-252D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Bastipur, Shikharpur VDC, Makwanpur district -   Nepal
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT)
Destination airport:Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA/VNLK)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
A Dornier Do 228-101 passenger plane, 9N-AHE, was destroyed when it crashed hillside near Bastipur, Nepal. All fourteen on board were killed.
Agni Air flight 101 departed at 07:04 on a domestic flight from Kathmandu (KTM) to Lukla (LUA), Nepal. At 07:18, the flight crew received reports that clouds were closing in on Lukla. It was decided to return to Kathmandu.
Two minutes later AG-101 acknowledged instructions to maintain an altitude of 12,000 ft and follow a 20-mile arc to the south to make an instrument approach to Kathmandu. Shortly afterwards the captain indicated a generator malfunction but did not declare an emergency. He was in contact with a company flight on the ground at Kathmandu and reported trying to switch to the backup generator. This did not work and he then tried to 'recycle' the battery pack.
A diversion to Simara Airport (VNSI) was impossible because that airport was closed because of bad weather.
The pilot attempted to fly a visual approach to Kathmandu runway 02. Last radar contact was at 07:25. The crash site is located at a hillside near Bastipur (Shikharpur VDC, Narayani Zone of Makwanpur District), about 18nm south-south-west of Kathmandu and at an altitude of 9,000 ft.

Sources:

Hemant Arjyal
14 including six foreigners killed as Lukla-bound Agni Air plane crashes in Makwanpur (Nepalnews 24-8-2010)
14 dead as Agni Air plane crashes in Makawanpur (The Himalayan Times 24-8-2010)
Hotel Echo's last minutes (Nepali Times)

Statistics

  • 14th worst accident in 2010
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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photo (c) Misa Hayashi; Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT); 24 August 2010

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