Unfavorable Weather delaying Pathibhara helicopter Crash Investigation

High level investigation committee formed to probe the chopper crash in Taplejung last week killing Tourism Minister has started its work from Yesterday however, unfavorable weather condition has restricted team from working on full ability.

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 will be holding discussion with stakeholders.

The team has focused on obtaining Vehicle and Engine Multi-function Display (VEMD) and Vision 1000 device which will help in studying about the crash in more detail. The equipment are critical in supporting accident investigations which provides investigators with a virtual pilots-eye view of what happened.

The team are yet to reach the crash site as the weather condition has been delaying the work and right after the weather condition becomes favorable the team will be heading towards the site and obtaining the required data and equipment and the equipment will be sent to France for detail inspection of the crash.

The investigation will be 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 inorder to construct airport in Chuhandanda of Terathum.

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