LHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18743 times:
Whew that nearly gave me a heartattack. My aunt and uncle are in Bhutan and should be coming back shortly. Hearing of this crash made me instantly assume they were onboard. Given it was mostly Germans and Nepalese citizens, that makes me seem more at ease.
Vivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 549 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 18602 times:
According to Wikipedia, there have been several incidents while landing at Lukla; the last one was on 30th June 2005, when a Gorkha Airlines Dornier 228 skidded off the runway while attempting to land.
SASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 811 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 18094 times:
Quoting Treg (Reply 10): Must be one of the craziest airports on earth. Add to the picture high altitude and bad weather... Scary.
IMHO it is the craziest and most dangerous airport in the world. Surrounded by enormous mountains and prone for extremely fast weather changes, it is defiantly the most exhilarating airport I have ever flown into.
RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7885 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14980 times:
Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 16): Looking at the pictures it looks like the aircraft was too low on approach and crashed into the mountain before the runway he was trying to land on. I could be wrong though.
Looking at those pictures and the others available on this site - the plane definitely hit short of the runway on the approach end to land.
Allpress From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 11481 times:
"The crew included Capt. Surendra. Kunwar, Co-pilot Bikash Pant and Air Hostess Sunita Shrestha. Among the deceased are Co-Pilot Pant, Air Hostess Shrestha, 12 German, 2 Australian and 2 Nepalese Nationals."
this sucks =[
i feel really bad for the captain!
i dont wanna sound mean or anything
but hes gonna have a hard time knowing
that he was the only survivor and 18 others
perished..i feel sorry for him.. deepest
condolences to the families of the deceased.
Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5156 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11013 times:
Quoting Aviateur (Reply 21): Why do you say that? Worldwide over the past several years, there have been fewer crashes, per miles/passengers flown, than ever before.
Remember: the volume of air traffic has more than doubled in the past 25 years or so. As we should expect, raw accident totals are up. But accident *rates* are way down.
Better training, better technology, etc.
= While this is true in terms of general trend, I was referring to the last few months which has seen crashes of Spanair, Itek Air, ARM, Cem Air, Aeroflot Nord, and Yeti Airlines. This is in adddition to a bunch of smaller crashes.
PlaneInsomniac From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 820 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10829 times:
Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 22): = While this is true in terms of general trend, I was referring to the last few months which has seen crashes of Spanair, Itek Air, ARM, Cem Air, Aeroflot Nord, and Yeti Airlines. This is in adddition to a bunch of smaller crashes.
The Summer Curse of aviation. Due to significantly higher numbers of flights in most regions of the world during the northern hemisphere's summer, the chance of crashes increases due to pure statistics. Add to the higher numbers more congestion at airports, more stressed flight crews etc., and you see why there is often a cluster of accidents during the summer months. While this does not translate into the exact reason for every single crash, it can help to explain the peak frequency of bad news often observed during summer.
Am I cured? Slept 5 hours on last long-haul flight...