Human error blamed for Nepal’s Yeti flight crash



Feb 17, 2023 | 1:22 PM

Human error related to lever mix-up may be later than last month Yeti Airlines crash A preliminary report said 72 people died on board.

Yeti Air Flight 691, en route from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu to the tourist city of Pokhara, crashed minutes before landing on January 15.

The twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft carried 72 people on board, including 2 infants, 4 crew members and 10 foreigners. Rescuers have recovered 71 bodies of him and one passenger is still missing but presumed dead.

Less than two minutes into the fatal crash, Captain Anju Katiwada requested the plane’s flaps be extended by saying “flaps 30” and co-pilot Kamal KC said, “We are descending on flaps 30. ’ he replied. In a 13-page bulletin released Wednesday,.

However, the flight data recorder “was not recording the movement of the flap surface at that time.”

Human error is believed to be the cause of the January 15 crash of Yeti Air Flight 691 in Nepal, according to a preliminary report.
The crash occurred in the tourist city of Pokhara just before the flight’s scheduled landing.

Instead, the propeller rotation speed of both engines decreased and the torque started dropping to 0%. This suggests that one of his pilots may have accidentally moved the power-hi lever instead of the lever controlling the flaps. There was no engine thrust to propel the plane forward.

Buddhi Sagar Ramichane, joint secretary of the tourism ministry, told the Kathmandu Post that the investigative panel was still investigating why the pilots delayed deploying the flaps and why they did not follow the regular checklist. Told.

A 44-year-old captain, Anju Katiwada, was reportedly piloting the plane. Accompanied by an instructor pilot who acts as a monitor.
family handout

Earlier this month, the commission said analysis of cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders showed the propellers on both engines were in the feathered position.

“When both propellers were feathered, the research team confirmed that both engines of the 9N-ANC were operating at flight idle to prevent over-torque during event flight,” said Tourism. A report published on the Ministry of Culture’s website said: and Nepal Civil Aviation.

Reports suggest that instead of extending the plane’s flaps during descent, one of the pilots accidentally pushed a lever, causing the aircraft’s engines to lose power.
Prabin Ranabhat/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

When air traffic controllers in Pokhara cleared the flight to land, Hatiwada said twice that the engines had no power, according to preliminary reports.

The fateful flight was operated by Khatiwada, who was in the process of acquiring airport proficiency for operations in Pokhara, and KC, who had been the instructor pilot for his third training flight that morning since the previous round trip. .

view gallery

Of the 72 victims who died in the crash, 71 have recovered, but one passenger remains missing.

Nepalese army, police and AFP rescue teams recover the bodies of victims who died in the Yeti plane crash in Pokhara.

A full view of a rescue team working near the wreckage at the crash site of a Yeti Air ATR72 aircraft in Pokhara, central Nepal.

Two infants and 10 foreigners died in the crash.

According to the report, Khatiwada, 44, was a pilot operating the plane and KC, 58, was the pilot’s overseer.

Hatiwada joins Yeti Airlines in Nepal In 2010, she followed in the footsteps of her husband, Dipak Poquerel, who died four years ago when the airline’s small passenger plane he was piloting crashed minutes before landing.

KC has completed pilot training in the United States and has been flying since 1989. His flight time he had over 21,900 hours.

Copy the URL to share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to content