The Twin Otter ‘9N-ABM’ belonging to Tara Air will remain at the crashed site of Simikot Airport until the completion of investigation as the aircraft will be removed from the airport vicinity or utilized either way.
The team from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Tara Air have already completed detail inspection and also initiated the investigation process of the aircraft that veered off the Simikot Airport’s runway after failing to takeoff on Nov 28. The completion of the investigation process may take considerable time.
Likewise, the insurance team had also visited the site and collected photos and required documents for the insurance protocols.
After the completion and disclosure of the investigation report, the aircraft will be removed from the vicinity or will be utilized for some good purpose for which the airline will make an effective decision.
Yeti Airlines media person Mr. Rajendra Sharma said, “We donated our retired BAE Systems Jetstream 41 aircraft to the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) Division, CAAN at Gautam Buddha Airport which will be used by ARFFS to carry out enhanced fire, rescue and emergency evacuation training drills.”
The crashed Twin Otter can also be donated for some purpose but at present no any steps will be taken as we are waiting for the investigation report, he added.
The airport officials are requesting all the respective authorities to remove the aircraft as soon as possible because the presence of the damaged aircraft will create distress to the other flight crews and also agitate the passengers flying to and fro Simikot Airport.