Y12e and MA60 Aircraft’s Supplied By China to Nepal Have Been Grounded Due to Severe Turbulence
Y12e and MA60 aircrafts supplied by China to Nepal have been grounded due to severe turbulence as those aircrafts has been found unsuitable for Nepal terrain, learned citing ET.
New Delhi: China is playing role of peacemaker in faction ridden Nepali politics but set of aircraft supplied by it to the Himalayan Kingdom has encountered turbulence.
The aircraft purchased few years back following intense lobbying by China has been found unsuitable for Nepal terrain and have been grounded.
On March 28, a Y12e aircraft (Chinese origin) of Nepal Airlines landed about 60 metres short of the runway at Nepalgunj airport and skidded before halting on the nearby grassland.
Three months after the incident, the Nepal Airlines Corporation board of directors unanimously decided not to fly two types of Chinese aircraft—the 17-seater Y12e and the 56-seater MA60—from July 16 anymore, according to a report in The Kathmandu Post.
In 2011 a technical team of Nepal Airlines visited China to inspect the aircraft after the Finance Ministry asked the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu if Beijing would be interested in providing planes to Nepal in grants.
At that time, two teams—one each from Nepal and Bangladesh—had gone to China to examine the planes. “The Bangladeshi team reported back to their government that the plane was not suitable for their country, but the Nepali experts said that it was fine for Nepal. The government then began the process to buy Chinese planes based on the experts’ advice,” a retired Nepal Airlines official told Kathmandu Post.
Agreement on MA60 and Y12e
In 2012, Nepal Airlines signed a commercial agreement with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), a Chinese government undertaking, to procure six aircraft—two 56-seater MA60s and four 17-seater Y12es.
As part of the deal, China provided one MA60 and one Y12e worth Rs2.94 billion as gift in 2014. The other aircraft were bought for Rs3.72 billion with a soft loan provided by China’s EXIM Bank.
Nepal Airlines Corporation did not have any pilots trained to fly the Chinese aircraft. Six years later, there is still nobody to fly them, claimed The Post.