AviationAviation authority takes flight decisions away from pilots after another fatal crash.

Nepal acts swiftly to make skies safer

Tara Air flies in some of the world’s most dangerous air spaces.
Tara Air flies in some of the world’s most dangerous air spaces. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Nepal’s aviation authority has acted swiftly to improve air safety in the region after yet another fatal crash claimed the lives of 22 passengers on Sunday.

A preliminary investigation into the Tara Air crash indicates that poor weather was the most likely the cause of the accident.

The new rules prevent pilots from deciding to fly in tricky weather, giving the airport the ultimate authority. Previously, pilots only needed information on the weather conditions at the point of departure and arrival, not weather conditions enroute.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), “When submitting flight plans, airlines will have to “collate [and submit] the weather information of the destination and flight path”.

Only the air traffic services reporting office can approve the flight plan, the authority said.

Sunday’s crash is the latest in a series of fatal safety incidents in Nepal.

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