Buddha Air Flight 103
|Date||25 September 2011|
|Summary||Controlled Flight Into Terrain|
|Site||Kotdanda, Lalitpur, Nepal|
|Aircraft type||Beechcraft 1900D|
|Flight origin||Tribhuwan International Airport|
|Destination||Tribhuwan International Airport|
Buddha Air Flight 103 was a tourist flight which crashed at Kotdada Hill, Nepal, on 25 September 2011. All 19 aboard died. The aircraft involved, a Beechcraft 1900D, was operating a Buddha Air sightseeing service out of Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. It crashed while attempting to land in bad weather.
The aircraft had been on a tourist flight and was returning to Kathmandu, the 16 passengers included 10 Indian nationals, one Japanese, two Americans and three Nepalese. All but one of the passengers and the three crew died in the accident, one Nepalese passenger was rescued but died on the way to hospital.
The aircraft was a 19-seater Beechcraft 1900 twin-engined turboprop airliner, it was thirteen-years old and registered in Nepal as 9N-AGH.
Initial investigation reveals that the aircraft being operated under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) and two minutes to the safety of the runway went into clouds and crashed at 5400 feet. Air traffic controllers and members of the investigation team claim the reason for the crash was pilot error.
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