June 2 chopper crash due to touch with electrical wire, says probe panel

KATHMANDU: The crashed Mountain Helicopters chopper had hit a neutral electrical wire with its rotor in Yamuna Danda of Sindhupalchok on June 2, the Accident Investigation Commission said.

The Commission formed by the government submitted its report to the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kripasur Sherpa today.

After hitting the wire, "the helicopter subsequently became uncontrolled and crashed on the sloppy mountain terrain," the team concluded, according to a press release issued by the Ministry today.

The helicopter captain Subek Shrestha, Dr Sanjeev Mahat, Sher Bahadur Karki and Jessica Wilford (a foreigner) were killed in the crash.

"The Commission has outlined passenger distraction, lack of situational awareness, cumulative fatigue, personality traits, lack of wire avoidance training and no obstacles marking as contributing factors for the accident," according to the Ministry.


Meanwhile, the probe panel has offered various recommendations to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Mountain Helicopters Pvt Ltd and Nepal Electricity Authority in order to ensure aviation safety.

During the report submission function, Minister Sherpa directed all stakeholders to work jointly in building up public confidence towards air transportation.

Likewise, MoCTCA Secretary Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya directed CAAN and other concerned authorities to take immediate corrective actions.

The Ministry said, "The final report will be disseminated to the concerned authorities and organisations for their notice comments as per ICAO Annex 13 and national regulations."

The panel led by MoCTCA Joint Secretary Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane had Captain Siddhartha Jung Gurung and Engineer Janak Thapa as its members.