Sita Air

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Sita Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
ST - -
Founded 2003
Hubs Tribhuvan International Airport
Secondary hubs Pokhara Airport, Nepalgunj Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 9
Headquarters Kathmandu
Key people
  • Priti Rana
  • Manoj Singh

Sita Air is an airline based in Sinamangal Ward, Kathmandu, Nepal;[1] The airline's main base is Tribhuvan International Airport with hubs at Pokhara Airport and Nepalgunj Airport.[2] In August 2014, it was reported that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal barred the airline from carrying passengers due to safety concerns and failing to meet international standards. The airline was allowed to continue operating cargo flights.[3]


Sita Air Dornier 228 parked-up at Tribhuvan International Airport (February 2013).

The airline gained its air operators certificate in 2000, and was established in October 2000, but was unable to operate until 2003 due to political unrest in Nepal.[4] Operations started on 6 February 2003 with a single Dornier Do 228; a second aircraft was added in April 2003.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Wreckage of Flight 601 immediately after impact
  • 12 October 2010, Lukla - Sita Air Dornier 228 registration 9N-AHB hit a wall beside the runway as its brake system did not work properly.[6] The engine inlet of the aircraft was damaged heavily.[6] The aircraft was attempting to land at Lukla airport. It was lifted by helicopter to Kathmandu for repairs and put back to service.[7] This same aircraft went on to have another crash landing accident on Simkot airport in 2013.[8][9]
  • 28 September 2012, Kathmandu - Sita Air Flight 601, a Dornier Do 228 (registration 9N-AHA) crashed just after takeoff from Kathmandu International Airport. All 16 passengers and 3 crew on board were killed. The flight was bound for Lukla.[10][11] An investigation report into the crash concluded that it was caused by passenger and cargo payload that exceeded the aircraft's maximum takeoff weight.[12][13]
  • 1 June, 2013, Simkot - Dornier 228 registration 9N-AHB sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Simikot Airport.[8] There were no injuries among the five passengers and two crew members.[14] The left hand main landing gear broke and the Dornier 228 came to rest on the side of the runway. The no. 1 propeller, left hand wing and underside of the fuselage sustained substantial damage.[8][9] The aircraft had to be airlifted to Kathmandu by a helicopter.[15]
  • 23 April, 2017, Phaplu - Flight number 617 of Sita Air has met a minor incident at Phaplu Airport, Salleri. Wing tip of Dornier 9N-AHR aircraft of Sita was damaged as the aircraft hit the wall at parking section of Phaplu Airport.[16]


Sita Air previously operated services to the following domestic destinations (as of March 2011):[17]

Scheduled destinations[edit]

Destination Airport Notes
Biratnagar Biratnagar Airport
Dang Dang Airport
Jomsom Jomsom Airport
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Hub
Nepalgunj Nepalgunj Airport Secondary hub
Pokhara Pokhara Airport Secondary hub
Tumlingtar Tumlingtar Airport

Cargo/Charter destinations[edit]

Destination Airport
Bajhang Bajhang Airport
Chaurjhari Chaurjhari Airport
Jumla Jumla Airport
Simikot Simikot Airport


Sita Air operates the following aircraft:


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  7. ^ "Registration Details For 9N-AHB (Sita Air) Dornier 228-202 - PlaneLogger". Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  8. ^ a b c "ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-202K 9N-AHB Simikot Airport (IMK)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  9. ^ a b "Ujjwal Acharya on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
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  12. ^ "- The Kathmandu Post". Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  13. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-202 9N-AHA Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  14. ^ "Sita Air aircraft meets with accident in Humla‚ no casualty - The Himalayan Times". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  15. ^ Gainju R (2013-10-13), Helicopter air lifting the plane, retrieved 2016-12-27 
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  17. ^ "Sita Air". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Sita Air Fleet Retrieved 4 March 2011

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