Final Report DHC6 (9N-AHH), en-route, south southwest of Jomsom Nepal, 24 February 2016

Final Report DHC6 (9N-AHH), en-route, south southwest of Jomsom Nepal, 24 February 2016

Publication info
Author
AAIC (Nepal)
Category
Accident Reports Controlled Flight Into Terrain Post Crash Fires Human Factors
Date of publication
31/07/2017
Date for review
01/01/2050

On 24 February 2016 a DHC6 (9N-AHH) on a VFR flight to Jomsom which had continued towards destination after encountering adverse weather impacted remote rocky terrain at an altitude of almost 11,000 feet approximately 15 minutes after takeoff after intentionally and repeatedly entering cloud in order to reach the destination. The aircraft was destroyed and all on board were killed. The Investigation attributed this to the crew’s repeated decision to fly in cloud and their deviation from the intended route after losing situational awareness. Spatial disorientation followed and they then failed to respond to repeated EGPWS cautions and warnings.

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