Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tara Air crash was human error: Probe report

The fatal crash of Tara Air on February 24 occurred due to human error, investigation panel formed to probe the cause of the air accident reported today.
Submitting the report of the crash – that had claimed 23 lives – to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Ananda Prasad Pokharel, the panel said that human error was the cause for crash.
The airlines crashed as the pilot had diverted aircraft to the left of the dedicated route because it was enshrouded in cloud. "The pilot had not followed the basic rules of VFR flight and entered the cloud and lost awareness of the situation,” the report stated, adding that the pilot had deviated from the flight plan and had flown in between two hills while crossing Tatopani of Myagdi. "The pilot had then turned the aircraft to the left ignoring the ground proximity warning system and the plane hit the cliff."
After the crash – as usual – the government had formed a five-member probe panel to submit a report on the crash. The panel led by former director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Rajesh Raj Dali had Aeronautical Engineer and Air Safety Specialist Deepak Bastola – from Nepali Army – Nepal Airlines Captain Shrawan Rijal, Simrik Airlines Engineering Director Ram Prasad Koirala and Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Acharya.

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