No headway in copter landing case

Kathmandu, April 21:

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) officials said today that an investigation into the unscheduled landing of a helicopter at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is going on.

The officials said the crew members of the helicopter were coming up with unclear statements.

The Vectra Aviation 155 helicoptor had landed at the TIA on April 5. Amar Shakya, a TIA-based official of the CAAN, said the 12-seat helicoptor had only three crews.

The helicoptor is learnt to have come from India,” he said. The CAAN was dwelling on action to be taken against the crew members as they had not sought CAAN’s permission before landing here, he said. This is against the law,” he told this daily today.

According to him, a team comprising officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and security personnel was formed to investigate the case.

The crew members are learnt to have told the team that the helicoptor was registered in India and again registered in the United States. The crew members said they were trying to take it back to the US.

“We will send the helicoptor back after the CAAN takes decision on whether or not to take action against the crew members,” Shakya further said.