Less than 24 hours after the fatal air crash of Agni Air’s Dornier Aircraft, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation constituted an inquiry commission on it. Unlike in the past, the ministry included no government attorney in the commission.
The five-member probe committee was formed under the coordination of aviation expert Kumar Prasad Upadhyaya. The probe panel includes Suresh Acharya, Rajan Pokharel, Sarada Bhakta Rajbhandari and Rajendra Man Shakya as the members. The committee has been directed to submit its report within 65 days.
“Any inquiry commission like this needs to have the presence of lawyers whose basic duty is to conduct the systematic investigation on such matters,” said a senior government official at the Ministry of Law.
Agni Air’s Dornier Do 228-101 9N-AHE crashed after the crew decided to return and to divert to Simara Airport (VNSI) due to poor weather conditions in Kathmandu. The plane was returning from Lukla. Although the cause of the crash is in the process of investigation, news reports indicate that the airplane suffered a generator failure and ATC contact was lost around 7:30 am LT on August 24.