28 August 2018; Sita Air; 9N-AHA; flight 601; Dornier 228-200; Kathmandu, Nepal: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, Nepal, and crashed shortly after takeoff. The aircraft reportedly struck a vulture about 50 feet off the ground. The bird hit the right engine, and the plane crashed while the crew was attempting to returen to the airport. All three crew members and 16 passengers were killed.
Dornier 228 Crash History
This was the 12th crash of a Dornier 228 that resulted in the death of at least one airline passenger. The most recent two fatal Dornier 228 plane crashes both involved Agni Air in Nepal, with one crash in 2012 and the more recent one in May 2012. In all, five of the 12 Dornier 228 crashes have occurred in Nepal
About Agni Air
Agni Air began flight operations in March 2006, and prior to the crash had a fleet of about a half dozen Jetstream 41 and Dornier 228 aircraft.
Bird strike hazards to aircraft
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