Recent helicopter crashes prompt CAAN to implement new safety measures

KATHMANDU: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has taken proactive measures to enhance safety standards following two helicopter accidents that occurred within a two-month period. In response to these incidents, the regulatory body has introduced new regulations aimed at ensuring the well-being of passengers and crew.

To mitigate risks, the CAAN has temporarily suspended non-essential flights, including mountain flights, flower showers, and aerial sealing until September.

The spokesperson for CAAN, Jagannath Niraula, emphasized that these flight restrictions have been implemented as a precautionary measure in light of the recent accidents.

“As a preventive measure, the CAAN has decided to impose a ban on these three types of flights until September,” announced Niraula.

Under the newly implemented regulations, obtaining permission from the Aviation Department of CAAN is now mandatory for any flights conducted outside the designated destinations.

Furthermore, helicopter company owners are prohibited from personally participating in flights. This provision aims to ensure independent oversight and accountability in the industry.

The decision to implement these measures was prompted by a cargo flight accident involving a Simrik Air helicopter in Sankhuwasabha two months ago.

Additionally, the recent tragic crash of a Manang helicopter in the Lamjura pass area, resulting in the loss of six lives, including the crew, further emphasized the need for enhanced safety protocols.

Fiscal Nepal |
Thursday July 13, 2023, 10:53:02 AM |

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