Nepal plane crash marks 13th fatal incident in the country since 2010

Nepal plane crash marks 13th fatal incident in the country since 2010

Nepal plane crash marks 13th fatal incident in the country since 2010

Almost everywhere in the world, passenger aviation has become extraordinarily safe. In 2022, the total aviation death toll of 174 was the average road death toll in an hour and a quarter worldwide.

Two weeks ago, Adrian Young of Dutch aviation safety consultancy To70 said: “The fatal accident rate is better than average over the past 10 years.

But there is one country where plane crashes remain tragically frequent: Nepal.

On the Yeti Airlines website, Sunday morning flight YT691 from Kathmandu to Pokhara is normally listed as “gone”. In fact, dozens of passengers died after the plane crashed on approach to Pokhara International Airport.

The cause is not yet known. But with the latest incident, this time involving an ATR 72 aircraft, the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has now suffered 13 tragedies in as many years.

The current streak began in August 2010, when 14 people lost their lives on an Agni Air domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which had been turned back due to bad weather in Lukla.

Twenty-two other people died aboard a Tara Air Twin Otter during a domestic flight to Kathmandu in December 2010.

Rescuers at the scene of the latest incident

(via Reuters)

In September 2011, 19 people lost their lives when a Buddha Air Beechcraft commuter plane crashed on approach to Kathmandu.

A year later, seven British passengers were among the 19 people who died on board a Sita Air Dornier 228 which fell shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu, destination Lukla. They were at the start of what was supposed to be a three week trek.

The litany of tragedy continues. While accidents in parts of Africa, South America and the former Soviet Union are far from unknown, accident rates in Nepal resemble those of the early days of air travel from mass of passengers in the 1950s rather than those of the ultra-safe 2020s.

Nepal’s difficult terrain may have contributed to its tragic history of fatal plane crashes

(via Reuters)

The harsh terrain and weather conditions in Nepal demand the highest level of pilots and engineers, but time and time again they fall short.

The country’s airlines tend to use old and poorly maintained aircraft, with inadequate training and enforcement of international aviation standards. All Nepalese airlines are banned from operating within the European Union due to safety deficiencies.

For the past seven years, the International Civil Aviation Organization has sought to reduce the death toll as part of its “No Country Left Behind” initiative, but there is little evidence of progress.

Travelers to the mountain kingdom should continue to weigh the risks of flying, while being aware that Nepal’s roads are also deadly, with an accident rate six times higher than in the UK. United.

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