2017-05-27 Summit Air (Nepal) crashed short of runway at Lukla
Two people died when the Let 410 aircraft smashed into trees immediately before landing at Lukla. The other crewmember survived with minor injuries.
The Let 410 Turboprop aircraft was on approach to Lukla to the standard (and only available) landing runway 06 in low visibility conditions, when the pilots descended below the proper approach track until it impacted trees and steep terrain where it broke apart.
Both pilots died while the 3rd crewmember survived with non life-threatening injuries.
The aircraft was on a cargo flight from Kathmandu without passengers.
At the time of the accident, local visibility was substantially reduced by ground fog. The upsloping runway 06 is an all visual runway with without any instrument approach guidance.
Summit Air was doing business under the name Goma Air until Mar 2017.
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Type: Let 410 / 420 Turbolet
Age a/c: 3.2 years
Constr. No.: 2917
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Date: 2017-05-27 Time: 14:04
Location: VNLK LUA Lukla
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: hull loss
Flight no.: 409
From: VNKT/KTM: Kathmandu To: VNLK/LUA: Lukla
Operator: Summit Air (Nepal)
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 4th safety occurence for the operator
– 1st fatal accident
- 132nd safety occurence of type (LET410)
- 7th safety occurence at Lukla Airport
– 3rd fatal accident
- 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question
– 2015-06-02 nosegear-up landing at Pokhara
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