Yeti Airlines donated its retired BAE Systems Jetstream 41 aircraft with serial no. 41017 to the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) Division, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) at Gautam Buddha Airport. The decommissioned aircraft will be used by ARFFS to carry out enhanced fire, rescue and emergency evacuation training drills. Yeti believes such quality training will benefit all stake holders in the Nepalese aviation industry, including the traveling public.
The official handover of the aircraft took place at Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairawaha. Mr. Ankur Jung Rana, Ground Handling Manager of Yeti Airlines officially handed over the aircraft to Mr. Shishil Chitrakar, Director of Gautam Buddha Airport.
Yeti Airlines says, “Flying is not the only thing we do – We are committed to working towards benefit of the domestic aviation industry and the society at large in every way possible. Giving back to society is at the core of our airlines corporate philosophy and we endeavor to make this is a part of our regular practices and initiatives.”
Jetstream 41 with registration ‘9N-AIB’ belonging to Yeti Airlines met a runway excursion during the landing on September 24 last year at Gautam Buddha Airport. The aircraft was on a regularly scheduled flight to Bhairahawa with flight number NYT893 when the incident took place. Senior Captain D.B Shah and First Officer A.P Sherpa were the controllers of the cockpit along with 29 passengers. There were no any injuries reported.
The aircraft still remained still at the same situation on the grass field following the date of the incident however; the airport authority moved it to a safer place for preventing safety hazards.