Kathmandu – Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has temporarily suspended the flight operations of Manang Air after an Indian pilgrim made fatal contact with the tail rotor of a Manang Air chopper in Hilsa of Namkha Rural Municipality, in Humla district.
According to flight safety standard division’s Chief Raju Shrestha, the authority has officially notified the chopper company not to operate its helicopters until further notice.
Nagendra Kumar Kartik Mehta, 42, a resident of Mumbai in India, died on the spot after the chopper’s rotor blades struck him on the head on August 14 when he along with other pilgrims were on their way to Mansarovar for pilgrimage. “Manang Air’s operations have temporarily been suspended for investigation,” a CAAN official said, adding that Manang Air couldn’t operate its flight until the investigation concluded.
According to CAAN, Manang Air, among other all choppers was licensed to operate commercially by the state aviation regulator after they obtained the air operator’s certificate. The AOC is formal certification by the state that the operator is fully qualified to meet the safety objectives in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s stipulations at the minimum.
Besides, the certification also implies that the operator’s business plan does indeed suffice to stay out of the red and thereby it remains healthy to serve its safety obligations.
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