HOME       Contact Us      Hire Us       Domestic Airlines        Railway Enquiry     Railway Booking     Hotels & Flights Abroad
NEIGHBOURS CALLING:      Dubai      Malaysia     Nepal     Bhutan
indiatraveltimes.com
8 killed, 30 injured as goods train rams Kanchanjunga Express in New Jalpaiguri || Heat wave aborts Indigo takeoff in Delhi || Nikhil Gupta, accused of Pannun murder conspiracy, produced in NY court || Biden to sign Resolve Tibet Act: US team in Dharamshala || Nikki Haley bereaved || Realtor shot dead in Delhi || Indian-American Democrat running for County Commissioner arrested in Texas || - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
Five Mexican tourists, pilot killed in helicopter crash in Nepal: What went wrong!

  • Experts blame violation of the Visual Flying Rules (VFR) for most of the chopper crashes in the mountains as the leading cause. VFR means fly only visually - because of the lack of navigation aids in remote areas or unreliability of GPS-like aids in hilly terrains or a remote manipulation of instruments in cases of sabotage - as the topography plays havoc especially in the monsoon (mid-June to September).
  • Even when VFR is followed, most crashes occur due to CFIT (Controlled Flight into Terrain) - that is, everything else is OK but the aircraft collides with hills or trees hidden by the clouds. This also occurs mostly in the monsoon.
  • On Tueday with Manang, the chopper was brand new, pilot was highly experienced. But it hit an 'invisible' tree and then crashed against a hillside. This CFIT occurred when the pilot tried to dodge patches of clouds even as he was following the VFR.
  • Simply put, everyone knows flying in the hills during the monsoon is risky, but the companies want to make more money in any which case. This type of tragedy is very frequently invited in the Indian hill State of Uttarakhand as well, where pilots are even made to fly without the mandatory rest.

KATHMANDU, July 12: All five Mexican tourists and the pilot aboard an Airbus H125 helicopter of Manang Air were killed on Tuesday when the chopper crashed minutes after takeoff from the foothills of the Everest for Kathmandu in poor weather conditions. All the bodies have been recovered.

The pilot was a Nepali. The Mexicans were two men and three women of same family (father, mother, son and two daughters). One of them was a doctor, Dr (Ms) Abril Sifuentes González, at Mexico's National Cancer Institute. The family was on a tour of Nepal after a round of some of India's tourist destinations, it is reported.

After the helicopter tour of the Everest, the tallest peak in the world at 8,848.86 metres, lasting one hour, they were returning to Kathmandu. They had booked the helicopter tour at the most unsuitable time - the monsoon. Flights are risky in the treacherous weather. Climbers also do not venture, it is slippery.

The chopper took off from Lukla, the famous base point for Everest climbing expeditions, and landed at Surke nearby for refueling. (Surke is an alternative landing site for helicopters in poor weather, 6 minutes flying time below Lukla airfield). From Surke the helicopter took off at 10:05 am (local time). At 10:13 it lost contact with Lukla airport, according to a statement issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

It took five hours for rescuers to locate the site. It is believed the chopper hit a hillside in poor visibility. It was raining even when the rescuers reached there. The wreckage was found in Likhupike Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu district. Local people said it crashed with a loud explosion and they saw a huge fire at the site.

The dead have been identified as 1. CAPT. C.B. Gurung (Pilot) Nepali 2. Sifuentes G. Ferrando - Mexican 3. Gonzalez Abric - Mexican 4. Gonzalez Olacio Luz - Mexican 5. Sifuentes G. Maria Jose - Mexican 6. Rincon Ismael Mexican.

It is said in Nepal that flight route changes are common because of frequent variations in weather conditions around the Everest. So did the Mexicans' chopper. Especially, it rains heavily during this time of the year in the Indian plains and the Himalayas due to the south-west monsoon. Visibility can suddenly turn very poor due to unpredictable weather conditions. Mid-June onwards is always a monster season for tourism in the hills. And flying in Nepal is visual, without aids available in remote and inaccessible mountainous terrain. Also it is advised like that.

It was officially stated that Manang Air helicopter 9N-AMV (AS350) which went missing in the morning at 10:13 local time was found crashed in Likhupike, in Solukhumbu district, Ward No. 5, near Lampura Pass.

Two rescue helicopters brought the bodies to Kathmandu. They are expected to be handed over to the Mexican embassy after autopsy.

The helicopter, now named Airbus Helicopters H125, was manufactured in France. Acquired in 2018.

The crash has been described technically as "controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)", which means that the aircraft was airworthy and under control of the pilot, but hits the ground and the pilot is unaware until it is too late. “The helicopter initially hit the top of a tree and then hit the sloppy ridge with a huge impact between two passes in a dense forest,” Manang Air was quoted in reports. But the CFIT happened as the pilot would have tried to dodge the cloud patches. The last contact was when it was over Lamjura Pass.

Air accidents are very common in Nepal, especially of choppers as the companies undertake trips off-season to enhance their profits, ignoring the topography and weather conditions. And, there is not much sightseeing possible without choppers!

In January this year, a Yeti airlines plane crash killed 71 people in Pokhara. On May 29, 2022, Tara Air Flight 197 crashed in Jomsom, killing all 22 people on board.

There have been 941 fatalities in 73 air crashes in Nepal since 1962.


SELECTIONS FROM OUR ARCHIVES

“Two activists from the environmental movement ‘Riposte Alimentaire’ sprayed pumpkin soup on the armoured glass protecting the Mona Lisa, this Sunday, January 28, 2024, around 10 am (4aET),” a statement from the museum said.

It is not understood how undesirable elements are allowed to get so close to her and play havoc with the artwork. Several times over this has happened in the past, deranged minds masquerading as tourists and cultists venting their frustration.

A Spicejet passenger had a harrowing experience inside a tiny claustrophobic lavatory aboard a Mumbai-Bengaluru flight when he found to his bewilderment that the door was not opening.

Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

Five people were arrested from a banquet hall in Sector 51 Noida on Thursday where they were called to hold a rave party in a trap laid by the animal rights group, PFA. They named Yadav but he was not present.

Betting through Dubai-based Mahadev Book in India is conducted through a countrywide network. Probes reveal that the online gambling is worth several millions and top politicians, officials and celebs have been beneficiaries.

TAILPIECE: Polling dates for some States are round the corner. Top politicians have begun their acrimonious debate who looted more, even as Mahadev is washing their dirty laundry in the open ghat. Come what may, one needs to seize power to amass "thy wretched pelf!" One simple question is, why else one should spend lakhs or crores to get elected! A question every Indian should ask to oneself at least once a day!

His inaction amounts to defeating the rights of the people of the State to welfare measures sought to be implemented through the Bills, the Kerala Government's petition submitted, while the State of Tamil Nadu remarked that its "Governor is acting as a political rival."

Tailpiece: Coming up back to back, the petitions in their totality seem to question the provision of Raj Bhavan, and not motives of a Governor as a person.

Hundreds of cars piled up behind the wreckage of crashes occurring one after other in backing up - continuous crashes to the rhythm of metallic clanks and bangs back to back. According to reports, some ops required 'Jaws of Life' to pull apart the mangled cars to save lives inside.

The pilots struggled with Emerson to thwart a shut-off as he reached for the T-handles (see pix). Later he admitted to police he had taken psychedelic mushrooms and had a "nervous breakdown."

Doctors reasoned how the incidence of heart attacks is spiking over time and advise the simple way to play safely is to take a break and rehydrate yourself.

But how come ten people, including children, die of cardiac arrest at Garba in 24 hours, and that at different places of Gujarat? Garba had been going on for six days, and every year it is celebrated.

The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of American popular culture.” “Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she said in a talk at her official residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The social media had mixed reaction. There was much appreciation that she dances better than any VP in American history. But some called her "moves" as “cringe” while others did not like her pink pants - "pink pants don’t look good.” In fact, her ensembles have always been incongruous.

"Let’s see how the (Governor's) Vice-Chancellors are given salary." Mamata's extreme statements will put the Marxist Government in Kerala, which is also facing similar issues, to shame. Has she begun the countdown for a war on the streets?

It's true Mamata has come to see a conspiracy to demolish the established systems across the country, but lacks the ability to foresee what exactly is being pushed.

Brandishing a sword, Mahant Paramhans told reporters on Tuesday he himself will behead MK Stalin's son for his remarks against Sanatan Dharma in case nobody came forward to accept his offer he made in his video. Udhayanidhi reacted to the saint's Monday video, "I will speak more. I am the grandson of the artist who put his head on the rail track for Tamil Nadu."

Somanath elaborated, "I am an explorer. I explore the Moon. I explore the inner space. So it's a part of the journey of my life to explore both science and spirituality. So I visit many temples and I read many scriptures. So try to find the meaning of our existence and our journey in this cosmos. So it's a part of the culture that we are all built to explore, find out the inner self as well as outer self. So for the outer, I do science, for the inner I come to temples." (See videos)

Rao the mathematical legend had fathered the path-breaking Rao-Blackwell theorem, one of the most important theorems in mathematical statistics, at the age of 25. That brought him global fame. He is also famous for his Cramér-Rao Bound inequality theorem relating to quality of estimators in statistics which has had a profound bearing on applications of modern economics and several other diverse fields. Simply put, with the pioneering statistician computation became a tool to analyse even socio-economic challenges of modern times.

Previous Files
ARCHIVES


Neighbours
Calling

Bhutan
Nepal
Malaysia
Dubai

Spiritual leader Sadhguru undergoes emergency brain operation for bleeding in Delhi hospital
Tens of thousands of women celebrate Pongala festival at Attukal temple in Thiruvananthapuram
Jain monk Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj attains samadhi after 'sallekhana' at Chandragiri Teerth
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann visit Ram temple in Ayodhya
Devotees pour in as Sabarimala Ayyappa temple opens for Mandala-Makaravilakku
Ayodhya Ram temple to be consecrated on Jan 22, says Trust
No politician can change world, Madonna stops concert, speaks on Israel-Hamas war
Portions of Ranbireshwar temple in Jammu collapses in lightning, heavy rain
Mukesh Ambani, family members visit Badrinath, Kedarnath temples; donates Rs 5 cr
Swaminarayan Akshardham temple inaugurated in New Jersey; opens on Oct 18

Fashion & Lifestyle
Cuisines
Yoga & Asanas
Fairs, Festivals & Melas
Religion & Cult
Pilgrimage
Art & Culture
History, Legends & Mythology
Ayurveda
Free Ayurveda Consultation
ARCHIVES
A Window On India
Fashion & Lifestyle
Yoga & Asanas
Fairs, Festivals & Melas
Religion & Cult
Pilgrimage
Art & Culture
History, Legends & Mythology
Ayurveda
News (Archives)
Travel News
Travel News Archives
Travel News Index




Custom Search