Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Nepal air crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway

Nepal air crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway

A US-Bangla Airlines Flt BS211, a DHC-8-Q400 (S2-AGU) has crashed on landing at Kathmandu, Nepal, during a thunderstorm.

After a normal take-off from Dhaka, the plane had begun to behave strangely as it approached Kathmandu, he said. "All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast", she added.

Manoj Nepune, the Kathmandu Police spokesperson confirmed over the phone that 14 people among the dead were of Nepalese nationality.

There were 71 people on the aircraft, including 67 passengers and four crew members. Firefighters have been trying to douse the fire and Nepal Army personnel were engaged in rescue operations.

The Canada-made Bombardier aircraft crashed within the perimeter of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu valley on Monday afternoon at 2.18 p.m. Nepal Standard Time (NST).

All the 16 had gone to Bangladesh for training, he said.

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TIA is the only global airport in Nepal.

Forty-nine people died and 22 others injured in crash.

Rescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal March 12, 2018.

The plane, a US-Bangla Airlines twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed near the runway.

Five people who hired a private helicopter for sunset sightseeing met a fatal accident as chopper plunged into the East River after developing a technical snag.

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

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In 2015 one of its planes overshot the runway on landing at Saidpur in northwest Bangladesh.

Desperate relatives searched for the names of their loved-ones on a list of casualties hung outside a hospital where most of the victims were taken.

In 2012, a plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest region hit a bird and crashed in Kathmandu, killing all on board.

The Dhaka-based airline made its first worldwide flight in May 2016 to Kathmandu, and has since expanded with routes to South Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Nepal has a poor air safety record.

Two days later, two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash-landed in the country's hilly midwest.

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The Q-400 has sustained several landing gear incidents over the years but this is just the second crash of the aircraft resulting in death.

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