domingo, 30 de septiembre de 2012

Nepal Crash: 'Pilot Error' Likely Cause Of Plane Crash

A plane crash in Nepal that killed 19 people, including seven Britons, was almost certainly caused by pilot error, officials have said. The Dornier aircraft, which was taking trekkers from the capital Kathmandu to the town of Lukla before they went on an expedition to Mount Everest, came down shortly after take-off. It had been claimed the pilot of the twin-propeller Sita Air plane had reported hitting a bird, thought to be a vulture or kite, moments before the crash and this may have caused the disaster. But aviation ministry official Suresh Acharya said: "A plane crash does not occur simply just because its engine was hit by a bird." He noted incidents where one engine of a twin-engine aircraft had failed and the plane was still able to land safely. Mr Acharya said in Friday's disaster the pilot may have been "panic-stricken" and could have turned too sharply to try to get back to the airport without gaining enough altitude following the bird strike. Darren Kelly (Photo: Newton Stewart Sub Aqua Club) Vincent Kelly Darren Kelly (Left, Pic: Newton Stewart Sub Aqua Club) and brother Vincent He added: "The pilot's failure to maintain the required radius is a likely cause of the accident." Air accident investigators from the UK are heading to Nepal to help local authorities investigate the crash. The plane reported problems within two minutes of taking off. The capital's airport said the aircraft's right engine burst into flames after being hit by a large bird, and slammed <b>...</b>
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