Timeline: Nepal air crashes since 2010

A timeline of major air disasters to hit the country since 2010.

Nepal Plane Crash
Rescuers inspect the site of a plane crash in Pokhara [Yunish Gurung / AFP]

An aircraft with 72 people on board has crashed in Nepal, killing at least 16 people in the latest aviation disaster to hit the Himalayan nation.

Nepal’s air transport sector has been plagued by accidents. The country also has some of the world’s trickiest and most remote runways, with approaches flanked by towering mountains that challenge even accomplished pilots.

Here is a timeline of major air disasters to hit the country since 2010:

May 29, 2022

A Twin Otter plane operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air crashes shortly after takeoff from Pokhara in western Nepal, killing 22 people.

April 14, 2019

A small plane veers off the runway while taking off near Mount Everest, hitting a parked helicopter and killing three people and injuring four.

March 12, 2018

A flight from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka crash-lands at Kathmandu airport, skidding into a football field where it bursts into flames. Fifty-one people are killed in what was the deadliest aviation accident in the country for decades.

February 24, 2016

A Twin Otter aircraft operated by Tara Air crashes into a hillside in Myagdi district, killing all 23 people on board.

February 16, 2014

Eighteen people are killed when a Nepal Airlines flight crashes in the Arghakhanchi district.

September 28, 2012

A plane flying 19 people towards Mount Everest goes down in flames on the outskirts of the Nepali capital, killing everyone on board.

May 14, 2012

Fifteen people die when an Agni Air plane carrying Indian pilgrims crashes near the treacherous high-altitude airport of Jomsom in northern Nepal, while six make a miraculous escape.

September 25, 2011

A small plane taking tourists on a sightseeing trip around Mount Everest crashes into a hillside near Kathmandu, killing all 19 people on board.

December 15, 2010

All 22 passengers and crew on board a passenger plane that crashed in eastern Nepal are killed. Most of the victims are pilgrims from Bhutan.

August 24, 2010

A small Agni Air plane crashes in bad weather near Kathmandu, killing all 14 people on board.

Source: AFP