Passenger plane crashes near Kathmandu airport

Pauline Gross
March 13, 2018

The accident was the deadliest since September 1992, when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it crashed as it approached Kathmandu airport.

All flights to and from Tribhuvan International Airport have been cancelled.

Kathmandu - Police said 39 people died after a U.S. -Bangla Airlines passenger plane crashed at Kathmandu's worldwide airport on Monday.

At least 49 people were killed when the Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in almost three decades.

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.

After a normal take-off from Dhaka, the plane had begun to behave strangely as it approached Kathmandu, he said.

In early 2016, a Twin Otter turboprop aircraft slammed into a mountainside in Nepal, killing all 23 people on board.

The Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft came down east of the runway and careened into a football field.

How many were injured in the incident?

The injured were taken to Norvic Hospital in Thapathali and to Army Hospital in Kathmandu, Chettri added.

The airline's chief executive officer Asif Imran said until the flight recorder or black box was recovered it would be impossible to "tell you about the actual reason of the accident".

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It is now known that 33 of the passengers were Nepalis, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one was from the Maldives. There were also four crew members on board the plane. In total there were 71 people onboard the aircraft.

The two pilots and two cabin crew were Bangladeshi nationals, airline spokesman Kamrul Islam said in Dhaka.

The plane burst into flames after attempting to land at Kathmandu airport.

"The plane shot off the runway while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire", an airport official was quoted as saying by the Himalayan Times.

The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American citizen working in Nepal.

The flight is asked if the runway is in sight, to which the pilot replies, "Negative".

At the very outset of the tape, the control tower is heard warning the pilot, "I say again, do not proceed towards Runway 20".

An aviation official said the plane lost control as it attempted to land.

The exact cause of the crash remains unclear and Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli promised an immediate investigation.

What exactly happened during the landing?

A survivor said the plane "shook violently" followed by a loud bang.

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