Crash site of Yeti Airlines plane in Pokhara/File Photo
KATHMANDU: The Commission tasked with investigating the Yeti Airlines aircraft accident in Pokhara last year submitted its report to the government on Thursday, attributing the cause of the accident to human error.
The report provides insights into how the accident unfolded:
Technical Condition and Weather: The aircraft, which departed from Kathmandu at 10:51 am bound for Pokhara, did not encounter any technical issues. Weather conditions, visibility, and other factors at Pokhara International Airport were reported to be normal.
Normal Operations: The takeoff, cruise, and initial landings proceeded without any abnormalities. The Air Traffic Controller had assigned Runway 30 for the aircraft’s landing during their communication.
Unusual Runway Change: Despite the initial designation of Runway 30, the crew opted to change the runway and requested permission to land on Runway 12, which was also suitable for landing.
Rapid Descent: The critical moment occurred when the aircraft directly descended from 6,500 feet to 721 feet. During the attempt to regain altitude, the speed remained constant, leading to an inability to recover, causing the plane to crash.
Tragic Outcome: The aircraft plunged into Seti gorge upon impact with the ground and immediately caught fire. Unfortunately, all 72 passengers, including four crew members, lost their lives.
The investigation points to a deviation from standard procedures, emphasizing the crew’s decision to change the runway and the subsequent failure to manage the descent effectively.