Nepal air crash: Victim’s family call for risk warning for tourists

Family and relatives of seven British who were killed in Nepal air crash have asked for tourists visiting to be warned about “the risks involved” in flying Nepal and also some of them are seeking for compensation.

Nepal’s SITA Air crashed in just 80 seconds after taking off from the Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu with 19 people on board killing all of them in September 2012.

The Warrington Coroner’s Court passed a verdict of accidental death on the all the seven Britons who died in plane crashed. Also the coroner asked for not to use Nepal’s local airlines for tour operations.

The widow of Tim Oakes who died in the plane crash in Nepal, Angela Gaunt inquest if her husband was known about the air safety record of Nepal he would not have taken the flight.

“He loved adventure but he loved his family more,” Angela Gaunt said. The families have waited “a long and emotional 18 months” to understand the reason behind the plane crashed.

There have been more than 30 air crashed in Nepal since 1950’s which had killed more than 700 people, says the Aviation Safety Network.

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The Senoir Coroner for Chesire at the inquest, Nicholas Rheinburg, said he will write to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) asking them to tell tour operators in Nepal not to use local airlines. He said he will write to tourist agency ABTA and Explore, who organise the trip to make them aware that still some tour operations are still using Nepal airlines after EU banned and pit it in a blacklist.

The investigation team (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) who went from the UK to Nepal after the fatal air crashed in 2012 to know the reason about the crashed concluded it might have happened due to overloaded aircraft.
It’s been a question arose around the world due to Nepal’s frequent air crashes. In December 2013 due to safety reasons EU put all Nepal’s airlines in blacklist.

One of the big sources of Nepal’s income is tourist, who usually takes flight to enjoy the natural mountain scenery of Nepal. Because of this crashes now Nepal in danger of losing its income source. Nepalese civil aviation needs to improve its services and create necessary safety requirements to reacquire the trust of tourists visiting Nepal and also for the safety of Nepalese people.

Zeal Sharma

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