Kathmandu: Responding to a series of accidents involving its helicopters, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has opted to suspend the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Manang Air.
This decision comes after two separate helicopter mishaps involving Manang Air within a span of three months, leading the regulatory body to revoke the AOC granted to the company.
The most recent event transpired today, involving a Manang Air helicopter with the call sign ‘9N-ANJ’ en route to Lukla, which crashed around 7:25 AM in the proximity of Khumbupasanglhamu Rural Municipality-4, Lobuche.
Following this incident, CAAN chose to suspend Manang Air’s AOC, emphasizing the importance of strict safety compliance in the aviation sector.
It’s noteworthy that an earlier accident involving a Manang Air helicopter occurred on July 11, when the helicopter with the callsign ‘Nine N AMV’ had an accident in Likhupike, Solukhumbu.