The Chinese manufactured Harbin Y-12e belonging to the national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) resumed its flight operation since yesterday after being grounded for 44 days.
As per the information from the corporation, one of its Y-12e aircraft resumed Kathmandu-Dang-Kathmandu flights yesterday.
NAC currently owns four Y-12e aircraft but all of them remain grounded since 31st January, 2019. It has been reported that those aircraft were inoperative due to sheer negligence from the Managing Director of the corporation.
3 Y-12e out of 4 are capable for flight operation however, there are no sufficient pilots to fly. At present, only one Pilot in Command (PIC) is available for Y-12e flights.
Senior Pilot Sanjay Bade is in sick leave while the Instructor Pilot (IP) Ang Noori Sherpa’s Pilot Proficiency Check (PPC) Certificate is not renewed. Pilot Uddhab Ghimire on the other hand has been sent for A320 training.
As per the source, NAC’s decision to send Pilot Uddhab Ghimire for career up-gradation has grounded all Y-12e aircraft as other pilots asked for sick leave after not being selected for A320 training.
After a Y-12e coming into operation, NAC still has 6 other aircraft grounded at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) incurring losses.