49 people died when a US-Bangla airlines crashed on landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
By Bhuwan Bhandari
A plane carrying 71 passengers including four crew members on board the 78-seater Bombardier Dash who was just 17 years old, 8 Q400 aircraft that took off from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The plane crashed at 2:18 pm local time. Nepalese PM Oli, who went to the crash site at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to take stock of the situation, said the government will make necessary arrangement for the rescue and other related tasks.
Earlier today, Nepalese Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 25 injured passengers were rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment.
TIA said there were 37 males, 27 females and two child on board the aircraft. There were 33 Nepali passengers onboard.
Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway. “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.
Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel rushed the accident site following the crash. All flights in and out of TIA were cancelled following the mishap.
According to Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Manoj Neupane, 22 injured passengers are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu. Twelve passengers have been admitted at Kathmandu Medical College Hospital, Sinamangal, four at Norvic Hospital, Thapathali, three at Grande Hospital, Dhapasi, one at Om Hospital, Chabahil and one at Medicity, Bhainsepati.