New Delhi: The pilot of the Yeti Airlines jet that crashed on Sunday, killing all 72 on board, had wished to land on a special runway than initially assigned, a Nepalese aviation official stated.
According to a report in South China Morning Post, “No distress calls were made before the accident,” the official added.
The airplane was 18 minutes into its journey when it misplaced contact with a management tower within the central metropolis of Pokhara. The plane had practically completed its quick journey from Kathmandu, the capital, to Pokhara, Nepal’s second-most populous metropolis and a gateway to the Himalayas.
The aviation catastrophe as soon as once more throws the highlight on the problem of airline security in Nepal; in accordance to knowledge, the mountainous nation averages one flight catastrophe annually and since 2010, the world has witnessed 11 deadly airplane crashes, together with Sunday’s.
Severe climate and airports perched on rugged mountains has made Nepal some of the difficult nations to fly in.
Nepal’s tough topography
One of the the reason why flying in Nepal is so dangerous is the topography of the world. Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, together with Everest, and its lovely rugged landscapes make it a well-liked vacationer vacation spot for trekkers.
However, it’s these circumstances that additionally make Nepal harmful and tough to fly in. Captain Amit Singh, a business pilot and founding father of Safety Matters Foundation, defined in an ANI report that Kathmandu is a valley, it is sort of a bowl and the airport is in between, surrounded by mountains, excessive mountains on all sides. So it’s a very difficult airfield.
The nation’s civil aviation authority in a 2019 security report had said that the nation’s “diversity of weather patterns together with hostile topography are the main challenges surrounding aircraft operations in Nepal due to which the number of accidents related to small aircraft… seems comparatively higher”.
The nation has a number of hard-to-access airstrips. For occasion, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal’s Lukla space is called the world’s most harmful airport — with a single runway that angles down towards a valley under.