October 13, 2008

Nepali Gov’t Air Crash Probe Panel Starts Field Work

Nepali gov't air crash probe panel starts field work

KATHMANDU, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The probe commission formed by Nepali government to investigate into the causes of the air crash in eastern Nepali has begun its field work, local newspaper The Kathmandu Post reported on Sunday.

"We spent three hours at the site," the report quoted Nagendra Ghimire, joint secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and member-secretary of the five member commission.

"This site visit is part of accident investigation according to International Civil Aviation Organization norms," he said.

The commission formed on Oct. 8 has been given two months to prepare a report on the accident and submit findings.

A Yeti Airlines domestic plane Twin-Otter made a crash-landing on Wednesday morning while landing at Lukla airport, 130 km east of Nepali capital Kathmandu. In the accident, 18 people, including 12 Germans, four Nepalis and two Australians, died. According to a Yeti Airlines statement, the airport was suddenly enveloped by fog when the plane was about to land.

Lukla airport is gateway to Mt. Qomolangma (Mt. Everest). International tourists are coming to Nepal at the beginning of October, the end of Nepali monsoon season.

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