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Death Plunge: Exclusive footage shows Goma Air crash at Lukla Airport, gateway to Everest region (Video)

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Jun 7, 2017-This heart-stopping footage obtained by the Post shows the horrifying scene of the Goma Air’s cargo plane (Flight 409) crash while trying to land at Lukla Airport during bad weather condition on May 27.

The plane, with the registration number 9N-AKY, is seen approaching the airport’s runway piercing the fog. The plane, which is not aligned with the runway’s centre line, is seen making an unusual approach to land. As the plane begins to descend, an airport official at one end of the runway, where the airport terminal is located, sense something unusual and rushes towards the other end of the airstrip in panic. But he can’t stop the mishap.

Based on the footage, it can be assumed that the pilot flying in low-visibility conditions did not see the runway to make a touchdown. As the runway becomes visible to the pilot, he finds his aircraft in the air not aligned to the landing strip. He then tries to make the correction instantly by making a sharp turn towards the runway. But within a second the aircraft stalls with nose up and disappears from the scene. Plumes of white smoke are seen bellowing from the site of the accident. Airport officials are then seen rushing to the scene.

Separate photographs of the crash site shows, the aircraft’s belly first chopped a tree and then slammed into the mound, breaking into three pieces, near the airport’s perimeter fence.

This is the second major crash with casualty since 2008 at Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport--named after the first men to climb Mt Everest.

On October 8, 2008, Yeti Airlines Flight 103 crashed while making a final approach and caught fire, killing 18 passengers and crew. The aircraft's captain was the only survivor. 

Published: 07-06-2017 15:42

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