Buddha Air Flight 103

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Buddha Air Flight 103
Buddha Air 9N-AGH.jpg
A Buddha Air Beechcraft 1900D, similar to the aircraft which crashed
Accident summary
Date 25 September 2011
Summary Controlled flight into terrain
Site Kotdanda, Lalitpur, Nepal[1]
Passengers 16[2]
Crew 3[2]
Fatalities 19[1]
Injuries (non-fatal) 0[3]
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Beechcraft 1900D
Operator Buddha Air
Registration 9N-AEK[4]
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.[3]


The sixteen passengers included ten Indian nationals, one Japanese, two Americans and three Nepalese.[5] 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.


  1. ^ a b "18 dead after tourist plane crashes in Nepal". ABC News. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Molnar, Matt (25 September 2011). "Mount Everest Tour Plane Crashes in Nepal". http://nycaviation.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011.  External link in |newspaper= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Deaths in Nepal plane crash". Al Jazeera English. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Buddha Bud Air plane crashes, 19 dead". My Republica. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 

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