Sept 28, 2012
This morning, a Sita Air operated Dornier Fairchild twin engine turboprop, with Garrett TPE331-10T/-5A engine, crashed on the banks of Manohara in the Bhakatpur district river killing 19 including 16 passengers.
Local papers have reported the aircraft crashed within two minutes after the ATC gave clearance for take off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.
The reason for the crash is not known. It is being speculated , a bird hit could have been the cause.The aircraft was on its way to Lukla, a tourist destination in the lap of Mt.Everest.
Aviation accidents are not a rarity in Nepal. In May, an Agni Air Dornier had also crashed. Sita Air started operations in 2003 with four Dorniers.