The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has introduced a new rule, ‘clear weather throughout the route to take out a flight,’ informs.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal
After the deadly Tara Airplane crash on May 29 killed all 22 people on board including an Indian family, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has introduced a new rule: ‘clear weather throughout the route to carry out a flight.’ Earlier, the pilot in command’s right to decide on the feasibility of flights in case of poor weather was in existence which now is scrapped after a series of instances of accidents caused by poor visibility.
“All flights following the visual flight rules (VFR) have to follow the decision,” Deputy Director-General of CAAN Devendra Lal Karna told the reporter. Before the happening on May 29 of the Tara Air plane crash, the aviation regulatory authority has been giving permits if climate conditions at the source and destination airports are okay. But, from now onwards, the en-route weather conditions will also be looked into.
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- As per the official, the authority would continue to depend on data provided by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology to decide if the weather condition is okay at any location.
“We will strictly oversee and implement the new flight permit rule,” Karna said. With the latest round of decisions, only the airport authority from now along will decide on the climate of the airplane’s input on domestic flights.
CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari told
At present, only a captain can make such a decision, and now every airport will permit flights,” he said. A preliminary investigation made by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has shown that the Tara Air crash incident might have occurred due to bad climate conditions.
CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari said at a meeting of the International Committee of the Parliament on Monday that the Tara Air plane met with the accident because of the inclement climate.
Preliminary investigation showed that the aircraft which should have made a right turn instead took a left turn due to the bad weather and crashed into a hillside. A total of 16 Nepali, 4 Indian, and 2 German nationals were killed in the accident which took place on the steep slopes of the Himalayas.
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