Fifteen of the 21 people aboard an Agni-Air Dornier 228 died when the 19-seat turboprop twin struck the side of a mountain near Nepal’s Jomsom Airport (VNJS) in the Himalayas on May 14. According to news reports, the pilot reported a flashing warning light in the cockpit and was diverting back to Pokhara Airport (VNPK), also in Nepal.
Jomsom’s 2,000 foot-STOL runway sits at the 8,800-foot level in rugged territory.
This is the second Do 228 Agni-Air accident with fatalities in less than two years. The earlier crash occured in August 2010 near Makwanpur, killing all 14 people aboard.