Yeti Airlines Flight 103

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Yeti Airlines Flight 103
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9N-AFE at Lukla in 2007
Accident summary
Date 8 October 2008
Summary Controlled flight into terrain
Site Lukla Airport, Nepal
27°41′13″N 086°43′47″E / 27.68694°N 86.72972°E / 27.68694; 86.72972Coordinates: 27°41′13″N 086°43′47″E / 27.68694°N 86.72972°E / 27.68694; 86.72972
Passengers 16
Crew 3
Fatalities 18
Survivors 1
Flight origin Kathmandu, Nepal
Destination Lukla Airport, Nepal

Yeti Airlines Flight 103 was a De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 registered as 9N-AFE. The flight crashed on final approach to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in the town of Lukla in eastern Nepal on 8 October 2008. The flight originated from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.[1]


The airport is the main access to the Mount Everest region in Nepal, and is a notoriously difficult landing, with only 1,500 feet (460 m) of steeply sloped runway just 65 feet (20 m) wide and a steep approach path.[2] Due to bad weather conditions and heavy fog, the pilot could not see anything but still tried to land. He came in too low and too far left, which caused the aircraft to crash into the mountain.

Eighteen of the dead were reported to be tourists. Twelve of the passengers on the flight were German and two Australian. The only survivor was Surendra Kunwar; the captain of the aircraft, who was dragged free from the wreckage shortly after the crash and was flown out to Kathmandu for emergency treatment.[1][3][4]


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