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Plane crash which killed Winwick man - investigation inconclusive
8:20am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
AN investigation into the circumstances surrounding a plane crash which killed a father from Winwick has come back inconclusive.
Tim Oakes died after a Dornier 228-202(k) aircraft crashed shortly after setting off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on September 28, 2012.
His family have had to wait almost year to find out the results of the investigation but have been left still waiting for answers.
Tim’s wife, Angela Gaunt, said the report offered ‘little comfort’.
Tim, aged 57, was one of 19 people who died when a plane heading for the Everest region crashed to the south-east of the runway - 420m from the runway.
The keen mountainer was on his way to fulfil one of his life-long dreams of trekking to Everest base camp but sadly never made it.
Angela said: “The report seems to show that there was a catalogue of basic events and routines that have been badly managed, all of which have resulted in a fatal combination.
“The report offers little comfort as it shows that none of the individual elements should have occurred and they reflect systems and processes that are poorly managed and co-ordinated.”
It was originally suspected that a bird had caused the fatal plane crash but the investigation proved this not to be the case.
There was no evidence to suggest that the black kite bird, which had struck the propeller, had cause any problems to the plane.
The investigation by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission on behalf of the Government of Nepal were unable to find an exact reason for the crash.
The full accident report outlined several failings that contributed to the tragic incident.
The investigation found that the plane was overloaded by 78kg in addition to the crew not being trained in this type of emergency landing.
“To have an overweight plane is inexcusable while some of the events show a complete lack of professional decision making and training,” said Angela.
The plane also did not take off from the runway at the correct place or at the correct speed.
Despite the report not coming to a clear answer, it did raise concerns over flight safety in Nepal and the competency of the airline responsible for the flight.
The incident is the sixth fatal crash in Nepal in a two year period and, since then, there is believed to have been three further accidents involving planes in the country.
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