A de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter turboprop operated by Nepal Airlines crashed in western Nepal on Sunday 16 February.
The aircraft was operating on the Pohkara-Jumla route, carrying 15 passengers and three crew, when the accident happened at around 13.15 local time, says an official at Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Media reports in Nepal say all 18 occupants of the aircraft were killed.
The accident occured after the crew decided to divert to Siddarthnagar owing to inclement weather. Rescue efforts to reach the crash site were hampered by the weather, says the source.
Local media reports indicate that the aircraft bears registration 9N-ABB.
In May 2013, another Nepal Airlines Twin Otter (9N-ABO) suffered a crash in Jomsom, northwest of Kathmandu, injuring 19 passengers.
Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the particular aircraft (MSN 302) was built in 1971. Nepal Airlines operates three other Twin Otters, and two Boeing 757-200 aircraft.