Crew to blame for Nepal plane crash: investigator

Published on Jul 14 2011 // Human Rights Monitor

A mix-up in the cockpit and pilot error was to blame for an air crash in Nepal’s eastern hills late last year that left 22 mostly Buddhist pilgrims dead, an investigator said Monday.

The Tara Air plane bound for Kathmandu carrying 19 passengers crashed in dense cloud in December shortly after taking off from a small airstrip 140 kilometres (90 miles) east of the capital.

Investigator Rabindra Kumar Sherchan said the plane descended on the instructions of air traffic control to avoid a helicopter in the area, but it then clipped a hill top with its left wing.

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