CAAN releases grounded Manang Air Instructor Pilot


The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), sole aviation regulatory body has released the Manang Air Instructor Pilot Captain Hira Babu Dahal who was roster-off following the tail rotor strike incident at Hilsa, Humla.

CAAN earlier had grounded 4 Nepali pilots Captain Rajnish Manandhar of Sita Air, Hira B. Dahal of Manang Air and Hareram Thapa of Simrik Air in charge of carelessness in-flight safety. Among 4 pilots, Captain Subarna Awale of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has been grounded for a lifetime. Likewise, after the proper examining the cause of incident Instructor Pilot Captain Hira Babu Dahal has been released for normal flight duty from September 21, 2018 yesterday , noted CAA Nepal officials.

Captain Hira Dahal has been allocated ‘duty off’ immediately following the tail rotor strike incident in Hilsa recently. An Indian pilgrim Nagendra Kumar Kartik Mehta got struck by the tail rotor after disembarking from the Manang Air’s H125 ‘9N-AMV’ helicopter resulting instant death.

Captain Rajnish Manandhar of Sita Air was grounded after the passenger uploaded his sleeping video in the cockpit during a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Authorities are examining the detail medical study of Captain Manandhar to check if he would be capable of operating flights safely in the near future. Two committee team members have already investigated regarding Captain Manandhar and submitted a report to the head of Authority.

Similarly, Captain Subarna Awale of NAC was arrested by police on 9th of April 2017 with a total of 93,000 US dollars in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). He was scheduled to operate a flight from Kathmandu to Dubai. One of the CAAN’s official stated that Captain Awale has been grounded forever as per the order of the ministry in accordance to his crime.

Captain Hareram Thapa of Simrik Air has been suspended who was involved in a helicopter incident at Grande International Hospital, Dhapasi. Simrik Air AS350 B2 ‘9N-ALR’ crashed after landing at the rooftop helipad of Grande International Hospital. The helicopter made three 360 degree and fell 10 feet down off the rooftop helipad of the hospital. The flight was on a Medical Evacuation mission from the Hospital to Bharatpur.

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