Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pilot Error 'Likely Cause' Of Nepal Jet Crash

A plane crash in Nepal that killed all 19 people on board, including seven Britons, was probably caused by pilot error, officials have said.

The aircraft, which was taking trekkers from the capital Kathmandu to the town of Lukla before they went on an expedition to Mount Everest, came down shortly after take-off.

It had been claimed the pilot of the twin-propeller Sita Air plane had reported hitting a bird, thought to be a vulture or kite, moments before the crash and this may have caused the crash.

But aviation ministry official Suresh Acharya said the pilot turned too sharply to try to get back to the airport without gaining enough altitude following the bird strike.

He said: "The pilot's failure to maintain the required radius is a likely cause of the accident."

He added: "A plane crash does not occur simply just because its engine was hit by a bird." Read More