Pathibhara helicopter Crash Investigation proceeds

High level investigation committee formed to probe the chopper crash in Taplejung that took life of Tourism Minister along with 6 others has started initial investigation of the crash.

The committee has been coordinating with French Investigation Agency along with officials of Airbus and has stated that officials and technicians of respected organization is expected to make visit soon.

Team led by former tourism secretary Yagya Prasad Gautam along with joint secretary of Ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Joint Secretary Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, Nepalese Army Brigadier General Deepak Prasad Bastola and Captain Pramod Lama have hold discussion with stakeholders and made on site visit.

The committee has still not managed to obtain Vehicle and Engine Multi-function Display (VEMD) and Vision 1000 device which will help in studying about the crash in more detail as the crash site was at very stiff location.

The team will again send technical team to the location after ice melts to bring the device and will be send to France for detailed information.

The team will be releasing the report within 3 months if the device is not necessary to be sent to France.

The investigation is framed and put into action as per the reference derived from ICAO Annex-13 Accident Investigation and Civil Aviation Act (Accident Investigation) 2071 Chapter 10.

Air Dynasty Helicopter registered ‘9N-AMI’ flying to Taplejung for inspection of the possibility of construction of airport in Chuhandada, Terathum under the command of Capt. Pravakar K.C. carrying Honorable Minister Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and 6 other passengers on board had crashed on February 27. The aircraft was engulfed with flames following the crash.

Group of 6 delegates along with Minister Adhikari flown to Taplejung from Kathmandu to inspect the area where a feasibility study had been conducted in order to construct airport in Chuhandanda of Terathum.

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