Nepal installing radar system
To avoid air accidents and improve air safety Nepal is installing a new radar system and also weather monitoring equipment for bad weather.
Sushil Ghimire, Tourism Secretary said the new radar system is being installed on a mountaintop just south of Kathmandu and will cover the entire country.
He further said cameras are being installed in those airports which will transmit data and image to flight controllers in Kathmandu so they will be able to determine whether flying is safe.
At the moment Nepal has only one radar system at Kathmandu airport which range is limited due to its located in a valley.
There are number of accidents reported in Nepal earlier which has raised a question around the world due. In February this year 18 people were killed when Nepal Airlines plane crashed in mountain because of bad weather and fog. In September 2012, 19 people were killed when Sita Air crashed near Kathmandu Airport and in the same year in May 15 people were killed when Agni air crashed.
Even in December 2013 due to safety reasons EU pull all Nepal’s airlines in blacklist. In February, 18 people were killed when a plane crashed into mountain region.Since 1949 – the year the first aircraft landed in Nepal – there have been more than 70 different crashes involving planes and helicopters, in which more than 700 people have been killed.
Installing the new radar system in Nepal will help to reduce such accidents in future. The weather monitoring equipment which is installing too will help civil aviation to determine the weather in mountainous area.