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.