Date & Time: Oct 8, 2008 at 0731 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AFE
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kathmandu - Lukla
MSN:
720
YOM:
1980
Country:
Nepal
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
16
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
18
Captain / Total flying hours:
8185
Captain / Total hours on type:
7180
Copilot / Total flying hours:
556
Copilot / Total hours on type:
341
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Kathmandu-Tribhuvan airport at 0651LT on a regular schedule flight to Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary airport. On final approach to runway 06 in bad weather conditions, the aircraft hit a rock and crashed near the runway threshold. The captain was the only survivor, all 18 other occupants were killed. Among the 19 occupants were 12 German citizens, 2 Australians and 5 Nepalese. On landing, the visibility was reduced due to fog and the aircraft was approaching too low.