After the crash of Flight 268, 21 of the passengers (including 10 on the flight deck) and all five on the flight crew died in the accident. The fact that other aircraft approaching Kathmandu from the same direction cleared the mountains without incident suggested that the Mahabharat Range posed no particular danger to approaching aircraft.
On August 16, 2013, the cockpit voice recorder from Flight 268 was transferred to the TSB for analysis in an effort to determine the cause of Flight 268's accident. On April 17, 2014, the investigators released a preliminary report of their analysis of the cockpit voice recorder data, and on June 27, 2014, they released their final report. In their final report, the investigators concluded that the probable cause of the accident was pilot error. The preliminary report had given a second possible cause, a \"garden hose bug\" entry system malfunction that caused a loss of jet control during descent, but the investigators concluded that this cause was not the cause of the accident. The report led the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to announce its support for the travel agency and the pilots from which Flight 268 had departed, both of which had cooperated with the investigation, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said that the airline would be financially responsible for the accident of Flight 268.
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