Nepal Plane Crash ‘Latest In Long Line Of Tragedies’

Experts Call For Flight Safety In Country To Improve

20.05.2013

By Rob Dixon

Aviation law experts representing the loved ones of passengers killed in a plane crash in Nepal last September have revealed their concerns over reports of another crash in the country (on 16 May) which left several people on board seriously injured.

A Twin Otter aircraft carrying 21 passengers and crew, including eight tourists from Japan, crashed during its attempt to land at Jomson Airport in the country on May 16th. All of the others on board are believed to be Nepalese. Investigations are now underway to determine the cause.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist aviation law team currently represents families of passengers killed in a plane crash on September 28th last year, when a Sita Air-operated Dornier 228-202 crashed shortly after take-off from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport, killing all on board.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and aviation lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “This is the latest of a chain of fatal air crashes for domestic flights in Nepal which clearly raises alarming concerns over the safety of flights within the country.

“We would urge authorities in Nepal to ensure that a thorough examination of all aspects of this crash is undertaken, including a full review of the actions of the pilots, the weather conditions at the time of the incident as well as any technical or mechanical issues which may have played a part. 

“It is essential that this is done quickly and a preliminary report published so that the authorities and aviation industry in Nepal can learn lessons and take measures to improve flight safety.

“Through our work we see the devastating impact of air accidents on those injured and the families of those killed, so it is hugely important that proactive measures are taken to   prevent a similar accident occurring again.”

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