A new airport in Nepal – the destination of a plane that crashed last weekend – did not have a working instrument landing system.
This will remain the case till February 26, 56 days after the airport opened on January 1, Jagannath Nerula said. NepalCivil Aviation Authority of
Instrument landing systems are more useful when pilots are struggling with visibility, although conditions were good on Sunday, with low winds, clear skies and temperatures well above freezing.
All 72 people traveling in the Yeti Airlines plane were killed in the plane crash. fell into a ravine As it approached Pokhara International Airport after flying 125 miles from the capital Kathmandu.
The crash site, at an elevation of 2,700 feet (820 m), is just over a mile from the runway.
Yeti Airlines said the plane’s cockpit voice recorder will be analyzed locally, while the flight data recorder will be sent to France. Both were recovered on Monday.
While the cause of the crash is still unclear, aviation experts said video footage showed the twin-engine ATR-500 went into a stall.
Pilot Amit Singh, founder of India’s Safety Matters Foundation, said the lack of an instrument landing system or navigational aids could have been a “strong reason” for the crash and pointed to the “notorious air safety culture in Nepal”.
He added: “Flying in Nepal becomes difficult if you don’t have navigational aids and every time a pilot faces problems during flight, it becomes an additional workload.
“The lack of an instrument landing system only confirms that Nepal’s air safety culture is not adequate.”
According to the Safety Matters Foundation, 42 airplanes have crashed in mountainous Nepal since 1946.
Nepali airlines have been banned from flying to the EU since 2013, with the EU citing lax safety standards.
In 2017, the International Civil Aviation Organization noted improvements in Nepal’s aviation sector but the European Union continued to call for administrative reforms.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday met the bereaved families and asked the hospital authorities to conduct the remaining post-mortem examinations as soon as possible.
Officials said several badly burned bodies have yet to be identified.
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