Nepal Plane Crash (9/28/12)

DeathHand

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Plane Crash Kills 19 In Nepal

Sept. 28th 2012

A plane bound for the infamous Lukla airport in Nepal crashed yesterday, killing all 19 people on board. It is believed that the aircraft struck a bird shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu, resulting in the crash minutes later. This is the sixth such accident in the past two years, calling into question the level of air safety in the country.

The plane, operated by Sita Air, set off with 16 passengers and three crewmembers for the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, which is the starting point for trekkers hiking to Everest Base Camp. Shortly after departure, the air traffic controllers noticed an erratic maneuver by the aircraft and when contacted by radio the pilot indicated that they had struck a vulture. The plane was attempting to safely return to Kathmandu when it went down.

Reports indicate that there were seven passengers aboard from both the U.K. and Nepal, while the other five people were Chinese nationals. Most were there on holiday and were preparing to trek in the Himalaya Mountains.

Over the past two years, 120 people have been killed in similar accidents throughout the region. Most were either on their way to or from the airport in Lukla at the time. According to the BBC, Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has vowed to improve safety and prevent similar accidents from happening in the future, although he has not outlined exactly how he intends to improve safety just yet.

Having made that same flight a few years back, I can tell you that it is a beautiful journey into the mountains, but most of the planes look like they've seen their better days. At the height of the trekking season, which is just getting underway now, aircraft are constantly in and out of Lukla. That means that there are dozens of similar flights all day long, weather permitting.

Hopefully the Nepalese government will introduce a more stringent maintenance and inspection process to prevent similar problems in the future.

Source

Images (non-gore) of the crash are posted in the GG Media / Miscellaneous section.

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NightMare

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I saw this on the news last night, don't you have any pic's of the crash site? I guess I am just use to seeing some bloody burned bodies laying around downed planes!! Thanks for the post!
 

Angelahh

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I saw this on the news last night, don't you have any pic's of the crash site? I guess I am just use to seeing some bloody burned bodies laying around downed planes!! Thanks for the post!
i thinky he started this post then reposted the complete post or something - the other complete set is here somewhere lol
 
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DeathHand

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I saw this on the news last night, don't you have any pic's of the crash site? I guess I am just use to seeing some bloody burned bodies laying around downed planes!! Thanks for the post!
There aren't any pics of charred bodies - I was kind of surprised about that. But some might leak out later. Images related to the crash, as I mentioned in the OP are posted in the GG Media / Miscellaneous section.

i thinky he started this post then reposted the complete post or something - the other complete set is here somewhere lol
Lols, you're close. Usually what I do if I have News and Images I will post the News here and the Images in the Media Images section. If I post the images here (in the News section), then chances are that someone will repost them in the Images section, not knowing that they are also here. Frig, now I'm confusing myself....lols.

*chuckles*
 
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DeathHand

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The latest on the crash (as of Sept. 30/12):

Ground observers reported the aircraft appeared to attempt a landing at the river bank. The aircraft was not on fire at that time until after coming to a stand still, the occupants could be heard screaming, but a few seconds later the fuel and fuel tanks ignited.

Airport sources said the crew reported a bird strike during the initial climb out of runway 20 and attempted to immediately turn back onto runway 02, about half way through the turn on single engine the crew appeared to have decided to land the aircraft at the bank of the river.

CAA Nepal and Airline Operators Association Nepal reported on Sep 30th, based on preliminary investigation results, that the bird collided with the right hand engine at about 50 feet above ground (about 4440 feet MSL) causing some part to separate from the engine, the part impacted the vertical tail and disabled the rudder. This made the aircraft uncontrollable. Tower noticed the aircraft began a tight turn at that point.

All of the images are located in this thread: http://forum.goregrish.com/threads/nepal-plane-crash-9-28-12.19803/

1. This is the type of bird, a black eagle, that the plane reportedly hit.
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NightMare

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Thanks DH, I always like to see your new threads. Plane crashes are always interesting to see.
 
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