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Kathmandu plane crash updates: KP Sharma Oli assures immediate probe, reaches airport to take stock

A Bangladesh airline passenger aircraft crashed while descending at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport on Monday, an airport official said.

FP Staff March 12, 2018 18:32:02 IST
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Kathmandu plane crash updates: KP Sharma Oli assures immediate probe, reaches airport to take stock

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16:15 (ist)

Conflicting reports on death toll

According to Reuters, eight bodies have been recovered so far and more people are feared dead. Meanwhile, India Today reported that at least 20 passengers have been reported dead.

AFP reported that at least 27 have been killed in the crash.

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Mar 12, 2018 - 18:10 (IST)

Aircraft circled the airport twice, waiting to land

The aircraft had circled the airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, Mohammed Selim, the airline's manager in Kathmandu, told Dhaka-based Somoy TV station by telephone. - AP

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:58 (IST)

KP Sharma Oli assures immediate probe

Nepalese prime minister KP Sharma Oli offered his condolences and assured an immediate probe. Oli said he was "extremely shocked" by the news of the crash.

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:52 (IST)

Rescue workers recover bodies from wreckage

Rescue workers recovered badly burnt bodies from the wreckage of the aircraft that crashed while coming in to land at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, a Reuters witness said.

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:48 (IST)

KP Sharma Oli reaches airport to take stock of situation

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli visited Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to inquire about ongoing rescue operation after the aircraft caught fire while landing, reported Kathmandu Tribune.

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:41 (IST)

Visuals from Kathmandu airport, where the aircraft crashed

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:40 (IST)

Aircraft swerved repeatedly before crashing

The plane, a twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed. It burst into flames at the Kathmandu airport in Nepal.

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:24 (IST)

Most on crashed plane from Bangladesh, Nepal

A spokesman for Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines says a flight that crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, was carrying 67 passengers: 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.

Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam says there were four crew members on board, but did not provide their nationalities.

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:23 (IST)

37 men, 27 women, 2 children onboard the US-Bangla aircraft

Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary of Nepal Suresh Acharya was earlier quoted as saying that 25 injured passengers were rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment. The Tribhuvan International Airport said that there were 37 males, 27 females and two children onboard the aircraft.

There were 33 Nepali passengers onboard, state media reports.

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:20 (IST)

71 people, including 4 crew members were onboard

At least, 71 people, including four crew members, were onboard the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft that took off from Dhaka in Bangladesh. The plane crashed at 2:18 pm local time, The Kathmandu Post reported. 

Mar 12, 2018 - 17:14 (IST)

Firefighters and rescue workers look for survivors

Soon after the crash, reports said that the US-Bangla Airlines twin-propeller plane had broken into several large pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue workers clustered around the wreckage in a grassy field near the runway.

Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the Bombardier Dash 8.

Kathmandu plane crash updates: Nepal's prime minister KP Sharma Oli offered his condolences and said he was "extremely shocked" by news of the crash. He also promised an immediate government investigation.

A spokesman for Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines says a flight that crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, was carrying 67 passengers: 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.

Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam says there were four crewmembers on board, but did not provide their nationalities.

A Nepali police official says at least 38 people were killed and 23 injured when a plane crashed as it landed at the Kathmandu airport in Nepal. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media, said 10 people remained unaccounted for in Monday’s crash. The plane, a twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed, landing near the runway, the Associated Press reported.

Eight bodies were recovered from the US-Bangla plane which crashed near Kathmandu airport, sources told Firstpost. According to reports, 25 injured passengers have been rescued and sent to hospitals for treatment. The Tribhuvan International Airport said that there were 37 males, 27 females and two children on board the aircraft, The Kathmandu Post reported.

A Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers aboard crashed near Kathmandu airport as it came in to land, officials say. Firefighters are battling to extinguish burning wreckage and rescue survivors, according to reports.

The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu has been closed for operations. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the football pitch where the plane crashed, to the east of the runway at Nepal's only international airport, in the capital Kathmandu.

"There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members" aboard the plane, said airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur.

"So far 20 injured have been taken to the hospital. Police and army are trying to cut apart the plane to rescue others," he added.

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