40 dead in US-Bangla plane crash: Police


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE KATHMANDUPOST)

 

40 dead in US-Bangla plane crash: Police

– Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 12, 2018-Forty people died when a US-Bangla airlines aircraft plane crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon, Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Manjo Neupane confirmed.

There were 71 people including four crew members on board the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft that took off from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The plane crashed at 2:18 pm local time.

Neupane said 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.

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According to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, the aircraft with call sign S2-AGU caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA.

Earlier today, Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 25 injured passengers were rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment. TIA said there were 37 males, 27 females and two child onboard the aircraft. There were 33 Nepali passengers.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway. “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing.”

Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel rushed the accident site following the crash. All flights in and out of TIA were cancelled following the mishap.

(The plane involved in the crash. Photo via jetphotos.com)

Published: 12-03-2018 14:36

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