Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

At Least 38 Dead in Plane Crash in Nepal

At Least 38 Dead in Plane Crash in Nepal

The US-Bangla Airlines plane, with 67 passengers and four crew on board, was arriving from Dhaka when it crashed into a football field near Kathmandu airport.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli entering Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on March 12, 2018, following the crash of a bombardier aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines.

The spokesman for police, Manoj Neupane, said at least 49 died in the crash and the 22 wounded were being treated at three nearby hospitals.

"The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was 'yes,"' said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport's general manager.

The director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal was quoted as saying by local media that the aircraft was given permission to land from the southern side but it landed from the northern side. Adding that the plane became unstable while descending, officials said that they still have to ascertain the reason behind it.

Flights to Tribhuvan International Airport were diverted after it was closed for more than two hours following the crash.

The plane hit the airport fence before touching ground, he said.

The country's only worldwide airport is in the east of the capitalHave there been other crashes at the Nepal airport?

Montreal-based Bombardier is awaiting the causes of two deadly crashes over the past couple of days involving its commercial and business planes.

Meanwhile, speaking to the Army 53 aircraft which is on hold about 10 kilometres away, the ATC says the Bangladesh aircraft is "on final for 20".

There was no immediate word on the nationality of the passengers on the plane.

Kathmandu has Nepal's only global airport and experts say the surrounding Himalayan mountains makes it testing for pilots coming in to land. Military personnel were deployed to help with the rescue operation, the spokesperson added. The airport was reopened later.

Basanta Bohora, an employee of Raswita International Travels and Tours, said there were 16 Nepalis on the flight.

In 1992, all 113 people aboard were killed when a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu.

Nepal has witnessed a number of accidents involving aircraft in recent years.

At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed in Kathmandu Today.

Mountainous Nepal is notorious for air accidents.

The US-Bangla Airlines is a privately-owned Bangladeshi airline headquartered in Dhaka.

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