A Dornier Do 228 aircraft landed on its belly and skidded some 700 feet before coming to halt at Taitung Airport in Taiwan, on December 21.
The accident happened after the co-pilot forgot to deploy the landing gear while approaching the runway. The Daily Air pilots were simulating left-engine failure and emergency landings at the time, however, failure to lower the landing gear was not pre-planned.
The plane was carrying only the pilot and the co-pilot at the time; both of them remained unharmed.
Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council is investigating.
What: Sita Air Dornier 228-202 en route from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport to Lukla Where: 500 Meters from airport When: Sept 28, 2012 Who: 19 fatalities Update: Because seven British subjects were killed aboard the Sita Air crash on September 28, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch will be joining the accident investigation.
The British fatalities were named as:
Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield, Cheshire
Timothy Oakes, 57, from Winwick, near Warrington
Stephen Holding, 60, from Stoke-on-Trent
Vincent Kelly, 50, from Lostock, Bolton
Darren Kelly (brother) 45 from Isle of Whithorn Southern Galloway
Benjamin Ogden, 27, from London
Christopher Davey, 51, from Northampton
Nepalese authorities have a three month report deadline.
What: Sita Air Dornier 228-202 en route from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport to Lukla Where: 500 Meters from airport When: Sept 28, 2012 Who: 19 fatalities Why: After takeoff, the pilot hit a vulture. The pilot attempted to return to the airport. (The vulture strike is unconfirmed.)
Villagers could not assist because of the fire. Firefighters had difficulty reaching the area on the banks of Manohara River in Thimi, just a few kilometers east of Kathmandu.
Four passenger and three crew were from Nepal. Five were Chinese, and seven were British. the remains were taken to the morgue at TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj in Maharajgunj.
The crew who died in the crash were pilot Bijay Tandukar, co-pilot Takesingh Thapa and air-hostess Ruja Shakya.
The passengers were identified were Kumar Marshyangdi Magar (Nepal Army), D Rai, Yangchay Tamang and LN Sherpa. One Britain was identified as Eagle Raymond.
What: Agni Air Dornier 228 en route from Pokhara to Jomsome Airport, Nepal Where: Jomsom Airport, Nepal When: May 14, 2012, 9.45 a.m Who: 21 aboard, 15 fatalities 18 passengers, 3 crew Why: Fifteen minutes after taking off from Pokhara, the plane with 21 passengers aboard crashed by Jomsom Airport, Nepal. Reports say that a wing contacted ground 890 feet north of the airport, and the nose embedded/impacted a muddy slope. Reports are the plane was attempting to return to Pokhara.
At the time of approach, weather was fine, though clear air turbulence can occur any time. Investigations will begin regarding technical problems with the plane, including the one that made the pilots turn back to the airport. Five surviving passengers were airlifted to Pokhara, for medical care at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences. The plane impacted behind the army barracks. There were 16 Indians aboard. A Danish couple, Emilie Jorgensen, 29, and Andreas Rasch, 30, are said to have survived the crash.
The information numbers available for family members are 00-977-1-4423702 00-977-1-4410900, extn.4109, 00-977-1-4411699, extn. 4109.
The passengers had been going to visit a pilgrimage site, Muktinath.
Reports are that most of the fatalities were Indian. One source, myrepublica.com said that there were 15 fatalities and six rescued. Numbers may not be accurate.
The bodies of pilot Prabhu Sharan Pathak and co-pilot J.D. Maharjan were among those recovered.
The marketing director of Agni Air, Pramod Pandey, said that there were 16 indians aboard, and six survivors. Three children, two foreigners and an air hostess R. Haiju survived at least to the hospital, all in critical condition.
Jomsom airport is known for unpredictable turbulence.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has posted a letter of condolences.
I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic air crash that occurred earlier this morning near Jomsong airport in Nepal. I would like to convey my deep condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives in this accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who have lost their near and dear ones.
* Mr. K. Mamanya
* Mr. S.K. Arora
* Mr. M. Handa
* Mrs. M. Arora
* Ms. R. Handa
* Mr. K. Arora
* Ms. T. Sachdev
* Ms. G. Sachdev
* Mr. Sanaim Sudhar
* Mr. G. Raman
* Mr. Kidambi Tirumala
* Ms. Latha Echambade
* Mr. Sreeva Kidambi Tirumala
* Ms. Sreepada Kidambi Tirumala
* Mr. Kumar
* Mrs. Kumar
What: Skywork Airlines Dornier Do-328-100 en route from Bern to Vienna Where: Zurich When: Mar 14th 2012 Why: While en route, the plane developed a problem with cabin pressure. The crew had perform a descent to safe levels.
Pilots returned to Bern where they made a safe landing.
What: Skyworks Dornier Do-328 from Berne Switzerland to Hamburg Where: Hamburg When: Nov 30th 2011 Who: not available Why: After landing in Hamburg, maintenance ground crew found that the “left main gear outboard door” had not made the flight with the rest of the plane. The plane was ferried back to Berne.
What: Nepal Food Corporation/Tara Air Dornier Do228 a freight flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot Where: Simikot When: Jun 23rd 2011 Who: 3 crew Why: The pilot made a hard landing at Simikot, and rolled over an embankment off the runway.
There was significant damage to the plane, including a collapsed main gear, and damaged nose and wing. No one aboard was injured.
What: Vision Airlines Dornier Do-328-100 en route from Atlanta to Louisville Where: Louisville When: May 11th 2011, 8 pm Who: 21 aboard Why: After takeoff from Atlanta, the pilots experienced hydraulic problems, which they attempted to amend while en route. They announced the issue to passengers who were somewhat anxious on the way, but apparently did not panic. On approach to Louisville, a flyby revealed the landing gear was down. They continued to make a safe landing, leaving skidmarks on the runway, although without nose gear steering, they veered off the runway. After the landing, one passenger was hospitalized due to a medical condition. The runway is closed pending the investigation.
What: Sita Air Dornier 228 en route from
Kathmandu to Lukla Where: Lukla, Nepal When: Oct 12 2010 Who: 11 passengers, 3 crew Why: On landing at Lukla, the brakes failed, and the plane overran the (527 meter) short inclined runway and struck a wall at the end.
No injuries were reported, although the plane incurred nose damage.
What: Agni Air Dornier 228-101 en route from Katmandu to Lukla Where: Bastipur, ~18nm SSW of Kathmandu, Nepal When: Aug 24, 2010 Who: 14 aboard, 14 fatalities. 11 passengers, 3 crew (At one point there was an announcement of an additional passenger whose nationality was unknown. This is unconfirmed.) Why: Due to poor weather conditions in Katmandu, the crew diverted to Simara Airport. ATC lost contact at 7.30 am. The plane’s generator had been causing problems and it failed, then the backup generator failed. Without a generator, the pilot is flying blind, without avionics. The flight crashed at 9000 feet in a hillside near Bastipur in Shikhapur.
Other reports say the engine failed.
The casualties were Capt. Lucky Shah, co-pilot Sophia Singh, flight attendant Sahara Sherpa, and passengers R Rijal, P Humagain, P Bhote, K Rai and P Sherpa.
Six foreigners were aboard:four Americans: Irina Shekhets (30), Levzi Cordoso (49), Heather Finch (40), and Kendra Fallon (18), one Japanese: Yuki Hayashe (19) and a Brit: Jeremy Taylor (30) .
This is monsoon season, and the area is remote, and roads many roads are blocked due to landslides. Villagers report scattered plane parts and body parts, and rescue teams are en route.
What: Agni Air Dornier Do-228 en route from Pokhara to Kathmandu Nepal Where: Pokhara When: May 11th 2010 Who: 16 passengers and 2 crew Why: After takeoff, the crew detected a hydraulic leak and turned around to make an immediate (less than ten minutes later) landing.
Apparently passengers disembarked and helped the crew push the plane off the runway.
George’s Point of View
I’d like to see pictures of that happening in New York. Or LA for that matter.
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