Buddha Air Flight 103
A Buddha Air Beechcraft 1900D, similar to the aircraft which crashed
|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 sightseeing flight which crashed at Kotdada Hill, Nepal, on 25 September 2011. All 19 passengers and crew on board died. The aircraft involved, a Beechcraft 1900D, was operating a Buddha Air scenic flight to Mount Everest out of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. It crashed while attempting to land in bad weather.
The sixteen passengers included ten Indian nationals, one Japanese, two Americans and three Nepalese. All but one of the passengers and the three crew died at the scene of the accident; one Nepalese passenger was rescued but died on the way to hospital.
The aircraft was a 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D twin-engined turboprop airliner; it was thirteen years old and registered in Nepal as 9N-AEK. Initial investigations revealed that the aircraft was being operated under VFR (Visual Flight Rules); and two minutes before it was due to land it entered 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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