Over 50 dead in plane crash at Kathmandu

13 March, 2018, 11:29 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Kathmandu Airport Nepal

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.

Forty-nine people died after a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday afternoon.

"Our ATC permitted the aircraft to land from the southern side of the runway but it changed its route and attempted to land from the northern side", said Chettri.

"The last recorded words of the US-Bangla pilot is: "[Unintelligible] said sir, are we cleared to land?" Some of the people at the hospital are said to be in critical condition.

The plane landed at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

The authorities recovered 31 charred bodies from the debris of the plane while 18 others were declared dead in medical centers.

"All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang", one of the survivors, Basanta Bohora, told the Kathmandu Post daily.

Those on board include 12 Nepali tour agents who were returning after an annual sales conference in Bangladesh, an official said.

One person was killed and another person was injured in an accident in Pine Township involving two tractor-trailers and two pickup trucks. "She gave a thumbs up, but I could see she was panicking", said Ashish Ranjit, 35, who escaped through a window on the plane's right.

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A recording of the conversations between the pilot and air traffic controllers indicated confusion over which direction the plane should land.

Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli spoke to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina following the incident and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives.

There is silence for a while, then a "Fire One" calls the tower, indicating that a crash has occurred and the airport fire tender has been activated.

Nepal has a poor road network and internal flights are key to accessing remote parts of the Himalayan nation.

The controller then informs all aircraft: "Airport is closed". 71 passengers were on board 3.

US-Bangla Airlines is owned by US-Bangla Group, a joint venture company with offices in Dhaka, New York, India and other Asian hubs.

Pilots say that landing at Kathmandu airport can be challenging because of the mountainous landscape.

The plane had circled Tribhuvan International Airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, Mohammed Selim, the airline's manager in Kathmandu, told Dhaka-based Somoy TV by telephone.

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