| May 27, 2018

High-level commission to probe plane crash

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The government has formed a high-level commission to investigate into the cause behind the Tara Air aircraft crash in Myagdi district in which 23 people died.   

Following a direction from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is on a state visit to India, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) on Wednesday formed the 5-member commission under the leadership of former director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Rajesh Raj Dali, to investigate into the probable causes of the crash.

While joint secretary of the ministry, Suresh Acharya, has been appointed as member secretary, Nepalese Army's aviation officer Dipak Bastola, captain of the Nepal Airlines Corporation, Sharwan Rijal, and Ram Prasad Koirala, senior engineer with Simrik Airlines, have been appointed as members of the commission. “The commission has been given 90 days to submit its report,” said Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Raj Pokharel.

As soon as he learnt about the plane crash, Prime Minister Oli had telephoned Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Pokharel from India, and expressed grief over the incident as well as directed the latter to take all possible measures to hand over the bodies to their families as soon as possible. Likewise, Prime Minister Oli has also urged all the three security agencies and stakeholders to expedite search and rescue operations to establish the whereabouts of the six missing passengers.