Y12e Never Been lucky to Nepal Airlines
Kathmandu – 16 August 2016
After being ready to fly passing a series of maintenance efforts, the grounded 17 seater Harbin Y-12e aircraft of Nepal Airlines will still not be able to fly when only one instructor Pilot Captain Aangnuri Sherpa submitted a resignation letter to the authority unexpectedly. With this the Y-12e aircraft imported from China that completed maintenance and was due for preparation of regular flight schedule will not be able to take off from ground again.
Capt. Sherpa was sent to the USA by Nepal Airlines to complete his instructor pilot training of Y-12e aircraft before 2 months. As soon as he completed the instructor training and was ready to fly he forwarded the resignation letter which has really put Nepal Airlines management under a lot of pressure. His letter of resignation is waiting for approval in the authority according to the director and spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma. Capt. Sherpa is moving to the USA after getting Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) as mentioned in the resignation letter, he added.
A pilot provided training from foreign country needs to fly for Nepal Airlines for 5 years according to the regulation and in case he has to leave the company will need to compensate the sum of amount of training expenses to the company. 10 pilots were scheduled to be promoted to Captain undergoing training for certain hours with him but with his resignation it has become a big issue how those pilots are going to be promoted.
Nepal Airlines has informed that with his resign the company has forwarded the process to hire an instructor pilot from China. And the Chinese manufacturer company will be requested to manage the instructor pilot for the company. The aircraft was flying regular scheduled flights before with the instructor pilot provided by the manufacturer company from China. As soon as the tenure of the pilot expired and the Chinese pilot returned back, the aircraft in lack of instructor pilot remain grounded.