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After Tara Air Crash, CAAN restricts flight permits in bad weather conditions

Representational file: A flight
Representational file: A flight

Kathmandu, May 31

Nepal’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), has tightened flight permit rules following the Tara Air plane crash that killed 22 people.

According to the new rules, clear weather throughout the route has been made a requirement to carry out a flight. All flights following the visual flight rules (VFR) have to follow the decision, according to the authority’s Deputy Director-General Devendra Lal Karna.

So far, the authority has been issuing permits if weather conditions at the source and destination airports are okay. But, from now onwards, the en-route weather conditions will also be looked into.

The authority depends on the data provided by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology to decide if the weather condition is okay at any place.

Karna says the authority will strictly implement the new flight permit rule.

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