Manang Air’s AS350 B3e ‘9N-ALD’ has been successfully airlifted to Kathmandu today after one and half months of its crash landing at Gosainkunda, Rasuwa district.
The ill-fated chopper has been transported to Eastern Helipad, Tribhuvan International Airport through the Sling operation carried out by Russian manufactured MI-17 Helicopter of Shree Airlines with registration “9N-AHT:. The aircraft landed safely at TIA on 10:05 AM local time.
According to the Manang Air’s Officials, the helicopter will now undergo the inspection by Nepalese Engineers along with the Manufacturer engineering team from Airbus at Eastern Helipad. The mishap of this aircraft took place last June 10 this year after it was airborne from from Eastern Helipad of TIA to Gosaikunda with seven people on board under the command of Captain Prakeash Kumar Sedai.
As per preliminary information, the chopper was maneuvering and was preparing for landing, which unfortunately scrapped the surface of Tail Rotor and crash landed at Gosaikunda.
The AS350 B3e is powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 2B turbo shaft engine and is well known for its capacity to fly at high altitude about (23,000 feet AMSL) all over the world. The chopper has also proved its capability in Nepal especially in mountain regions. It has the capacity of 6 seated excluding pilot and performs flawlessly in Aerial Sightseeing, Mountain Flights, Rescue Evacuation, Corporate Charter, Sling Operations, High altitude operations and other special adventure missions.
Nepal indeed needs abundant helicopter companies as being one of the most geographical handicapped and on addition, poor road transport facilities that impose people to airlift even their daily supplies to make hand to mouth. It’s so traumatizing if you walk through the dark side where individual surrender his/her life just because one cannot afford to charter helicopter during medical emergencies. The growing helicopter companies also bring a positive hope to impose decrement in the prevalent high chartered fare so that the needy people can afford it.