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CAAB Chairman says US-Bangla aircraft was fit to fly

The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, has said that the US-Bangla aircraft that crashed at Kathmandu Airport was declared fit to fly before it departed Dhaka. The CAAB chairman also said that the aircraft’s black box would be sent to Bombardier in Canada, which is the manufacturer of the dash, to decode it. “We followed all set procedures of safety …

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Nepal authorities refute claims that they’re to blame for confusion before deadly plane crash

Nepal officials have denied any wrongdoing in the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of at least 49 people at Kathmandu’s airport. The crash happened when a flight with US-Bangla Airlines – a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier – approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames. The airline’s CEO, Imran Asif, allegedly blamed air traffic controllers for the incident, stating that they gave out the …

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Japan ready to offer landing rights to Nepal carriers at all airports except Haneda

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Japan has indicated that it is willing to provide landing rights to Nepal carriers at all of its airports except the one in Haneda. The point was made during talks over the modification of the Air Service Agreement between the two nations, divulged officials of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry. Haneda is the more looked-for option because of its proximity to Tokyo, compared to the Narita International Airport, which …

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Nepal hopeful of getting approval from India for inbound flight route from the west

Nepal is looking forward to gaining the green light from India to operate an inbound flight route coming from the west, said a senior aviation official of the country. According to Sanjiv Gautam, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, flights heading into Nepal from India come from over Patna in the Bihar state. “We have been in dialogue with the Indian authority and hope to get …

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Nepal: Draft Integrated Civil Aviation Bill to be sent to Cabinet

The Tourism Ministry is getting set to table the draft Integrated Civil Aviation Bill in the Cabinet to get an “in principle” approval. The said bill seeks to divide the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) into regulator and service provider. The Law Ministry has already given its go-ahead to the draft that was penned by a government committee. After getting the green light from the Cabinet, a final draft …

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Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal expecting European Commission to lift airline ban

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has resolved the concerns of the European Commission (EC) regarding its air safety deficiencies, after presenting evidence during the technical meeting that was recently held in Brussels, Belgium. With this development, the CAAN said that it expects the order that has kept Nepali carriers from flying into major European cities to be lifted soon. “We are very well prepared. We made a detailed presentation …

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Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to present progress report to European Union

A team from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal is headed to Brussels to report on the state of progress that is being made by the country’s aviation sector during a European Union meeting. It can be recalled that the EU placed Nepal on the blacklist during a meeting held late last year. According to the Chief of Airways Safety Department, Rajan Pokharel, a team led by Director General, Sanjib …

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COSCAP-South Asia gathers to tackle aviation safety goal of the region

The 26th Steering Committee Meeting of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program (COSCAP-South Asia) began with the goal of achieving the shared safety goal of the region. The aviation safety regulators of Nepal along with other South Asian nations are trying to resolve issues such as congested passenger traffic, and quality manpower and technology, which are making hard to deal with safety problems. In a bid …

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Nepal: CAAN to be divided into two autonomous entities

Nepal’s civil aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), is to be divided into two autonomous bodies. Preparations are already underway to make the current CAAN into two entities – one being a regulatory body and the other tasked with the development of the civil aviation infrastructure. Maheshwar Neupane, the Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, explained that the reason behind the move is …

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Nepal: Requirements for domestic airlines to operate international flights to be relaxed

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation announced that work is underway to loosen up the requirements needed for domestic carriers’ license to operate flights to foreign countries. The development was kick started when Shree Airlines applied for a license to start international services. Under existing rules, domestic operators need to have five years of domestic flying experience and three aircraft in their fleet in order to qualify to …

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