Published: Tue, March 13, 2018

Plane carrying 67 passengers crashes at Kathmandu's worldwide airport

Plane carrying 67 passengers crashes at Kathmandu's worldwide airport

The US-Bangla airlines plane had arrived in Kathmandu in the afternoon from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

PM Oli also stated through a tweet that the government will investigate the incident immediately.

The Q400, or Dash 8, is the largest prop plane made by Bombardier and can hold 86 passengers, Siphengphet said.

"EAM SushmaSwaraj spoke to Bangladesh Foreign Minister & expressed deepest condolences & sympathies for the loss of lives in the crash of USBangla Airlines in Kathmandu today".

Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chettri told Reuters news agency that the plane hit the airport fence before touching ground. Officials at Kathmandu Medical College, the closest hospital to the airport, said they were treating 16 survivors. "I was seated near a window and was able to break out of the window".

While the airport claimed that pilot approached the runway from the wrong end, Imran Asif, the US-Bangla CEO, in a statement said negligence on part of the Tribhuvan ATC in giving specific instructions caused the crash.

There were 33 Nepali passengers, 32 from Bangladesh, one from China and one from the Maldives.

While a crash investigation report is awaited from the investigation commission set up by the government, it can be said from the tape archive and the eyewitness account that the Bombardier aircraft was doing an unexpected manoeuvre flying that low over the global airport. "When control tower asked the pilot if there was any problem, the pilot said everything is okay".

In the emergency room, a Bangladeshi woman, Almun Nahar Ane, 20, who suffered a leg injury, wept as she said that her husband and 2-year-old daughter remained missing.

The accident was the latest to hit mountainous Nepal, which has a poor record of air safety.

Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.

Even as the Bombardier aircraft is on approach, the Nepali pilots of other aircraft are heard warning the ATC that the US-Bangla pilot seems disoriented, according to the Nepali Times.

On September 28, 1992, all 167 people onboard a Pakistan International Airlines flight were killed when the plane, approaching the airport, crashed into a mountain. In Iran, all 11 people on board a private, out-of-production business jet owned by the private holding company of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran were killed when it crashed on an Iranian mountainside.

The air crash has been regarded as a big shot to the tourism industry of the Himalayan nation, which is still recovering after the deadly quake of 2015 killed almost 9,000 people.

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