Aviation Disasters in Nepal

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Aviation Disasters in Nepal

  • Airlines: Royal Nepal Airlines
  • Flight:
  • Aircraft Type: Twin Otter 300 (Canadian built)
  • Date: June 1991
  • Local Time (approximately): 13:00 hrs
  • Site: Lukla
  • Passengers: 14
  • Crew: 3
  • Injuries: 0
  • Fatalities: 17 (all)
  • Survivors: 0
  • Departed: Kathmandu
  • Aircraft Attitude: Approach (Lukla Airport in poor weather)


  • Airlines: Thai Airlines
  • Flight: Flight 311
  • Aircraft Type: Airbus A310-304
  • Date: July 31 1992
  • Local Time (approximately): 13:00 hrs
  • Site: Langtang National Park, Nepal
  • Passengers: 99
  • Crew: 14
  • Injuries: 0
  • Fatalities: 113 (all)
  • Survivors: 0
  • Departed: Don Mueang at 10:30 AM local time
  • Aircraft Attitude: Approach (Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport)


  • Airlines: Pakistan International Airlines
  • Flight: PIA Flight 268
  • Aircraft Type: Airbus A300B4-203
  • Date: September 28th 1992
  • Local Time (approximately): 13:00 hrs
  • Site:
  • Passengers: 155
  • Crew: 12
  • Injuries: 0
  • Fatalities: 167 (all)
  • Survivors:0 (none)
  • Departed: Karachi at 11:13 AM
  • Aircraft Attitude: Approach (Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport)


  • Airlines: Shangrila Air
  • Flight:
  • Aircraft Type: Twin Otter (Canadian-built)
  • Date: August 22th 2002
  • Local Time (approximately):
  • Site: 3 miles southeast of Pokhara (village of Dopahar)
  • Passengers: 15
  • Crew: 3
  • Injuries: 0
  • Fatalities: 18 (all) (Passengers included 13 Germans, 1 Briton and 1 U.S. citizen)
  • Survivors:0 (None)
  • Departed: Jomsom
  • Aircraft Attitude: Approach (Pokhara Airport)


  • Airlines:
  • Flight:
  • Aircraft Type: Helicopter Mi-17 (Russian made)
  • Date: September 23th 2006
  • Local Time (approximately):
  • Site: Taplajung
  • Passengers: 28
  • Crew:
  • Injuries: 0
  • Fatalities: 30 (all) (Passengers included 24 WWF Conservationists)
  • Survivors:0 (None)
  • Departed: Local airport
  • Aircraft Attitude: Approach (Taplajung Airport)


  • Airlines: Yeti Airlines
  • Flight:
  • Aircraft Type:
  • Date: October 8th 2008
  • Local Time (approximately):
  • Site: Lukla
  • Passengers: 16
  • Crew: 3
  • Injuries: 1
  • Fatalities: 18 (all) (Passengers included 12 Germans and 2 Australians)
  • Survivors:1 (Pilot)
  • Departed: Kathmandu
  • Aircraft Attitude: Approach (Lukla Airport)
  • Lukla's runway is just 20m wide and is set on a slope, with a steep 700m drop at one end.


  • Airlines: Manang Air
  • Flight:
  • Aircraft Type: Helicopter Mi-17 (Russian made)
  • Date: November 15th 2009
  • Local Time (approximately): 11:30 AM
  • Site: Rodikot, Humla district in mid-western Nepal
  • Passengers: 6
  • Crew:
  • Injuries: 5
  • Fatalities: 1 (Passenger Sergei Kovyazo a Russian engineer)
  • Survivors:5
  • Departed: Local airport
  • Aircraft Attitude: Landing (remote mountain village)

While attempting to land at the helipad while transporting grain and food items from Surkhet to a remote mountain village, the helicopter’s rear rotors hit the mountainside and the pilot lost control of the aircraft.

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