Aircraft Crashes & Disaster Planning
Dr. Abhishek Karn
Since 1949 - the year the first aircraft landed in Nepal - there have been more than 70 different crashes involving planes and helicopters, in which more than 700 people have been killed….. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26222528)
The Nepali skies saw 65 air mishaps in the last two decades…..
Defined as an occurrence that is associated with the operation of an aircraft and takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with intention of flight and such time as all such persons have disembarked and the engine/s or any propellers or rotors come to rest, being an occurrence in which:
· a person is fatally or seriously injured
· the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure
· the aircraft is missing or completely inaccessible.
Serious Injury means any injury that is sustained by a person in an accident and that:
· requires hospitalisation for >48 hours, commencing from within 7 days from the date of injury; or
· results in the # of any bone, (except simple #s of fingers, toes); or
· involves lacerations, severe haemorrhage, nerve/muscle/tendon damage; or
· involves injury to an internal organ; or
· involves 2nd / 3rd degree burns, or any burns affecting >5% of the body surface; or
· involves verified exposure to infectious substances/injurious radiation.