NTSB Identification: DCA99WA068
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 07, 1999 in KATHMANDU, Nepal
Aircraft: Boeing 727-243F, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 7, 1999, Lufthansa Flight 8533, a Boeing 727 freighter operated by Lufthansa Cargo India/ Hinduja Cargo Services crashed approximately 5 minutes after takeoff from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal. The airplane struck the ground at about the 7550 foot level in an area where the airplane was expected to be above 9500 feet. The five crewmembers on board were killed.

The accident was investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. The investigation determined that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the flight crew to adhere to a Standard Instrument Departure (SID) and the failure of the controllers to warn the flight of terrain.

Contributing factors were determined to be an incomplete departure briefing, unexpected airspeed decay during the initial climb, inadequate intra cockpit crew coordination and communication and the slow response to the premonition given by the air traffic controller.

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