Plane slides off runway, dozens killed

  • Plane slides off runway, dozens killed

Plane slides off runway, dozens killed

There were four crew member onboard too with local officials saying that the passengers included 37 males, 27 females and two children.

"Thirty-one people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu", police spokesman Manoj Neupane told AFP, adding another 23 were injured.

Meanwhile, while talking to an Nepal Army aircraft which is on hold about 10 km away, the ATC says that the Bangladesh aircraft is "on final for 20".

"The plane was going up down, right and left, up I thought that was some air traffic only".

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

"Our pilot is an instructor of this Bombardier aircraft". This came hours after 5 people travelling on a chopper in NY died after the helicopter plunged into the East River. "Our pilot was not at fault", he told reporters at his office in Dhaka.

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

The plane, a twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed, landing near the runway and bursting into flames.

At the hospital closest to the airport, Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital, charred bodies were arrayed on the floor as frantic relatives tried to guess the identities by looking at articles of clothing and other personal items that had escaped incineration.

The same year, in Denmark, a Q400, flown by Scandinavian Airlines, underwent an emergency landing when part of one of its landing gears collapsed.

"I remember the accident".

"I was anxious it would hit another aircraft, but the pilot pulled the plane up".

The 67 passengers on board included 32 Bangladeshis, 33 Nepalese, a Chinese and a Maldivian.

Basanta Bohara, a Nepali tour operator, said the almost two-hour flight from Bangladesh's capital was uneventful until the plane began to wobble on its descent into Kathmandu, hitting a field near the airport and catching fire.

It is Nepal's only global airport and experts say the surrounding Himalayan landscape makes it testing for pilots coming into land.

The condition of over two dozen people who were admitted to the hospital in Kathmandu is said to be serious.

Depending on the direction of approach, pilots have to fly over high terrain before making a steep descent towards the airport, Ascenzo added.

A photo posted to Twitter by Bishnu Sapkota shows smoke rising from a US-Bangla Airlines passenger jet that slid off the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 12, 2018.

"Over 50 people are feared dead".

Mountainous Nepal is notorious for air accidents and has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry. The plane involved in the accident is from the US-Bangla Airlines.

It was identified as Flight BS 211 that was flying from Dhaka (Bangladesh capital) to Kathmandu.