February 24, 2023: The Air Crash Investigation Commission has released a report highlighting the errors made by the crew members of Tara Air’s Twin-Otter plane, which tragically crashed in Mustang district on May 29, 2022, resulting in the loss of 22 lives. The final report was presented to the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati on Wednesday.
The investigation found that the Terrain Avoidance and Warning System (TAWS) installed in the aircraft was not utilized appropriately by the crew members. The system provides information about the terrain ahead and its potential risk, but it remained closed during the flight, depriving the crew of crucial information. The report notes that this failure led to the plane colliding with a mountain.
The government had formed the Air Crash Investigation Commission on May 30, 2022, with former Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Ratish Chandra Lal Suman as its leader. The commission included Captain Dipu Jwarchan, senior maintenance engineer Upendra Lal Shrestha, and senior meteorologist Mani Ratna Shakya as members, with Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane as the member-secretary.