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Kathmandu plane crash LIVE updates: Cloud of smoke seen at Tribhuvan International Airport‬; many on US-Bangla airlines feared dead

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Kathmandu plane crash LIVE updates: Cloud of smoke seen at Tribhuvan International Airport‬; many on US-Bangla airlines feared dead
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kathmandu Tribune . ">

    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.

  • 17:41 (IST)

    Visuals from Kathmandu airport, where the aircraft crashed

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Kathmandu Post reported.  ">

    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. 

  • 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.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    Death toll unclear amid chaos after crash

    The death toll remained unclear amid the chaos of the crash and the rush of badly injured victims to nearby hospitals. Brigadier General Gokul Bhandari, the Nepal army spokesman, told the Associated Press that 50 people had died and the fate of the others was unknown.

    But a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media, said at least 38 people had died, 23 had been injured and 10 were unaccounted for.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Injured admitted to different hospitals

    Input from R Bhatta

    Five people have been admitted to the Norvic International Hospital. Out of those five, one will be discharged shortly, three are stable and another one is critical.

    Relatives of the passengers are thronging hospitals because the injured have been shifted to different places.

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Nepal police official says at least 38 killed, 23 injured

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Aircraft landed from northern side, had permission to land from southern: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal director

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal director Sanjiv Gautam told Hindustan Times that the aircraft was permitted to land from the southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the northern side.

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Trying to bring situation under control: Airport spokesperson

    Airport spokesperson Birendra  Prasad Shrestha told Reuters that they are trying to bring the fire under control and the airport has been shut down. He added that all flights are being diverted. "We are concentrating on evacuating passengers."

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Visuals after the US-Bangla plane crashed in Nepal

  • 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.

  • 16:02 (IST)

    25 injured passengers rescued and sent to different hospitals

    The Kathmandu Post reported that the 25 injured passengers have been sent for treatment. The report added that according to Tribhuvan International Airport, there were 37 males, 27 females and two children on board the aircraft.

  • 16:00 (IST)

    'All we know is that this is a technical issue': Head of the chancery, Bangladesh Embassy, Kathmandu

    Mohammad Al Alamun Emam, head of the chancery, Bangladesh Embassy, Kathmandu said, "All we know is that this is a technical issue and we are in touch with rescue workers. All we know is that 17 people have been rescued." He added that there is no official word on death count yet.

  • 15:52 (IST)

    Indian flights diverted to Kolkata

  • 15:42 (IST)

    Firefighters battle to extinguish burning wreckage and rescue survivors

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Bodies recovered from crashed aircraft: Officials

    Victims' bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the  Bangladeshi plane that crashed in Kathmandu, an official told AFP. "We just pulled out dead bodies and injured from the debris," government spokesman Narayan Prasad Duwadi said.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Rescue operations underway

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Tribhuvan airport closed for all arrivals and departures

  • 15:19 (IST)

    The aircraft took off from Dhaka

    A US-Bangla Airlines plane carrying 67 passengers crash landed after catching fire at Nepal's international airport, officials said.

    The plane skidded off the runway while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The plane caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, the TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post. The aircraft took off from Dhaka. - PTI

  • 15:15 (IST)

    WATCH: Aircraft became unstable during landing

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport closed following crash

  • 15:08 (IST)

    78 people were reportedly on board

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Number of casualties is yet to be determined

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Visual from the Tribhuvan International Airport‬

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Bangladeshi passenger plane crashes near Kathmandu airport: Official

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

It was not immediately known how many passengers were on board the plane which caught fire. The plane belonged to US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, Kathmandu Post reported. “We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Mar 12, 2018 18:10 PM

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