The recent report by Nepal’s Accident Investigation Commission on the crash of a Sita-Air Dornier Do-228 on September 28 last year at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT) cited a significant loss of power during the takeoff run as the first link in that accident’s chain of events. The aircraft stalled and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 people aboard.
Dornier Do 228
Making its Paris debut in the static display is a Swiss air force Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma that has undergone the TH06 ISR upgrade by Ruag Aviation (Chalet A118, Static R). The Swiss company has designed and installed a major avionics overhaul that allows the Super Puma fleet to continue to provide service for many years to come.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been demonstrating its latest upgrades for the Dornier 228 twin turboprop at this week’s Aero India show in Bangalore. On display for the first time is a new glass cockpit developed by the Swiss-based Ruag group.
A Sita Air Dornier Do-228 19-seat turboprop crashed on September 28 just after takeoff from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (VNKT) in Nepal. All 16 passengers and three crewmembers perished in the accident. A Sita Air spokesman told local media that the aircraft caught fire after a bird strike thought to involve a large vulture and crashed on the nearby banks of the Manohara River. This is the second fatal crash of a Do228 in Nepal in 2012.
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.
Ruag Aerospace Services is here at NBAA ‘11, exhibiting on the Henderson Executive Airport static display line with an example of something sort of old and something quite new, the “New Generation” Dornier DO 228NG multi-mission turboprop twin.
Dornier Do-228-101, Shikharpur, Nepal, Aug. 24, 2010–Heading to the Mount Everest region in heavy rain, the turboprop twin, operated by Agni Air, crashed as the crew attempted to return to Katmandu due to poor weather at the destination. The Dornier was destroyed when it crashed near a remote village and broke into several pieces, killing the three crew and 11 passengers.
Ruag Aviation has delivered its first modernized 228NG twin turboprop to launch customer New Central Airservice. The delivery was made in late September, just a few weeks after the manufacturer received European certification for the aircraft.
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Composite aircraft builder Epic’s plan for three new turboprop and two light jet models collapsed when the Bend, Ore.-based company filed for bankruptcy last year, stranding 12 of its builder-assisted, single-engine turboprop LT kitplanes on the assembly line.
Germany’s Ruag Aviation received EASA certification for the Do-228NG on August 18, two-and-a-half years after the company launched the program to bring the Do-228 back into production. The Oberfaffenhofen factory built more than 200 Dornier Do-228s before production ended in 2002. Ruag holds the original type certificate for the airplane and continued to provide aftermarket support for the 150 aircraft still operating.
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