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Status: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Sunday 29 May 2022
Time:10:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Tara Air
Registration: 9N-AET
MSN: 619
First flight: 1979-04-21 (43 years 2 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sanosware (   Nepal)
Crash site elevation: 4420 m (14501 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pokhara Airport (PKR/VNPK), Nepal
Destination airport:Jomsom Airport (JMO/VNJS), Nepal
Flightnumber:197
Narrative:
Tara Air flight 197, a DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, impacted a mountainside at 14500 feet while on a domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Nepal. All 22 occupants suffered fatal injuries.
The flight was the first of five daily Tara Air flights from Pokhara to Jomsom, scheduled to depart at 06:15 hours. The flight was delayed because the Lete Pass on the route was covered up with clouds. The Twin Otter finally departed at 09:55, after two aircraft of Summit Air had departed for Jomsom. The flight took off from runway 04 and made a left-hand turn to follow the valley/pass on a heading of about 300°. About 10:06 the flight turned to the north towards Jomsom until it struck the side of a mountain.

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Sources:
» kathmandupost.com


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
21 April 1979 A2-ABL de Havilland Canada first flight
13 May 1979 A2-ABL Air Botswana delivered
December 1983 7P-LAG Lesotho Airways
3 April 1984 7P-LAG Lesotho Airways struck tree on approach to Quthing (UTG)
19 September 1985 ET-AIW RRC Air Services
18 November 1997 ET-AIW Jetstream Aircraft Sales
16 December 1997 C-GBQA Borek & Binder Aero Leasing registered
24 July 1998 9N-AET Lumbini Airways
1999 9N-AET Yeti Airways
April 2010 9N-AET Tara Air

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pokhara Airport to Jomsom Airport as the crow flies is 69 km (43 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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