Forty nine killed in Nepal's worst-ever aviation disaster as US-Bangla Airlines plane crash near Kathmandu airport [Photos]

Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades

FP Staff March 12, 2018 20:54:41 IST
Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades. AP
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Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades. AP
Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed just east of the runway and skidded into a nearby football field. AP
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Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed just east of the runway and skidded into a nearby football field. AP
Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the upturned aircraft to pull people out the passangers, some of whom were buried under the scattered debris. Reuters
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Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the upturned aircraft to pull people out the passangers, some of whom were buried under the scattered debris. Reuters
"Forty people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu," police spokesman Manoj Neupane told AFP, adding another 22 were being treated in hospital, while some remained in a critical condition. AP
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"Forty people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu," police spokesman Manoj Neupane told AFP, adding another 22 were being treated in hospital, while some remained in a critical condition. AP
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but a statement from airport authorities said the plane was "out of control" as it came in to land. An airport source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there may have been confusion between air traffic control and the pilot over which runway the plane was meant to land on. AP
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The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but a statement from airport authorities said the plane was "out of control" as it came in to land. An airport source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there may have been confusion between air traffic control and the pilot over which runway the plane was meant to land on. AP
Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam told AFP 33 of the passengers were Nepali, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one from the Maldives. Local media reported that many of the Nepali passengers were college students returning home for a holiday. AP
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Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam told AFP 33 of the passengers were Nepali, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one from the Maldives. Local media reported that many of the Nepali passengers were college students returning home for a holiday. AP
The plane was a Canadian-made Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, Mahbubur Rahman of Bangladesh's civil aviation ministry told AFP. Other sources said the aircraft was 17 years old. "There might be technical problems on the aircraft. But it has to be probed before making a final statement," Rahman told AFP. Reuters
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The plane was a Canadian-made Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, Mahbubur Rahman of Bangladesh's civil aviation ministry told AFP. Other sources said the aircraft was 17 years old. "There might be technical problems on the aircraft. But it has to be probed before making a final statement," Rahman told AFP. Reuters
Kathmandu airport briefly closed after the accident, forcing inbound flights to divert, but it has since reopened. It is Nepal's only international airport and experts say the surrounding Himalayan landscape makes it testing for pilots coming into land. Wreckage from the US-Bangla aeroplane lies at the crash site in Kathmandu. AP
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Kathmandu airport briefly closed after the accident, forcing inbound flights to divert, but it has since reopened. It is Nepal's only international airport and experts say the surrounding Himalayan landscape makes it testing for pilots coming into land. Wreckage from the US-Bangla aeroplane lies at the crash site in Kathmandu. AP