Nepal Airlines test flight to Jomsom successful


Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), national flag carrier successfully conducted test flight at Jomsom airport, the airport serves as the gateway to Mustang district.

Harbin Y-12e aircraft commanded by Captain Nuri Sherpa touched down at 7:30 am local time yesterday.

According to the airport official, the aircraft landed around at 7:30 am to Jomsom from Pokhara and conducted 1 circuit landing then returned back to Pokhara. He also informed that NAC will resume its scheduled flight at Jomsom airport shortly.

The national carrier committed to providing air service in every airport of Nepal to meet the goal of Tourism year 2020. Recently, the corporation has also accomplished test flight to Simikot, Dolpa, Talcha, and Jumla Airport on September 26, 2018.

The 17-seater Y12e arrived in Kathmandu in 2014 and was intended to serve remote mountain airfields like Lukla, Jomsom, Manang, Simikot, Rara, Jumla, and Dolpa. But its regulatory limit meant that it could only fly to airports with a maximum grade of up to 2 percent or about 1.2 degrees of slope.

Only one of the four Harbin Y-12E aircraft is operational currently in the fleet of Nepal Airlines to operate in STOL airfields.

The performance of the test landings of the aircraft will be checked with the performance of the aircraft in line with the aircraft’s flight performance manual issued by the manufacturer, an expert at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal CAAN quoted.

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